Cristina is a Research Fellow with FutureNeuro and an Honorary Lecturer and in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics in RCSI.
She trained as a Pharmacist and Biochemist, achieving first class honours and went on to obtain an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacist in hospitals for 3 years. She was then awarded CNPq and CAPES (Brazil) fellowships to pursue her M.Sc. and Ph.D. where she focused on studying the effects of neuroinflammation in epilepsy. During her PhD, she joined Dr Annamaria Vezzani’s team at Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Italy.
After completing her Ph.D. in 2013, Cristina joined Prof. David Henshall’s group in RCSI to advance discoveries on the role of microRNAs in experimental and human epilepsy. She was subsequently awarded an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2018, she secured a prestigious Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA/SFI), to fund her research on targeted brain delivery. This led to her securing one of only two Irish places on the exclusive SFI/NSF I-Corps Entrepreneurial Training Programme, where she and her team received the trailblazer award for their work.
Within FutureNeuro, Cristina has been leading collaborative projects with industry to explore the pre-clinical development of a miR-based therapy for epilepsy. Her most recent research interest is understanding the influence of circadian rhythm regulation in epilepsy.