About Me


Scientific Activity


I am a freelance scientific translator and editor working from home in Northern Portugal, with two free spirits flourishing under my wings. I am also a certified biologist with a Doctor in Science (D. Sc.) degree (focus: immunology/inflammtion).

When I am not juggling with words on my notebook, I am usually studying Western Traditional Herbalism, preparing herbal infusions, extracts and salves, and planning my future medicinal garden.

While I was growing up, I lived in so many places that I have lost count. Eventually, learning languages and how to use them in their cultural context became the most important task in the process of integration whenever we moved to a new place.

I have always been told that I have a way with languages and my family was rather surprised to know that I chose to follow my dreams and study biology rather than to make use of my language skills in a profitable career.

I started off focusing on ecology and ethology, but later on discovered my passion for the molecular aspects of biology and ended up doing research for my diploma thesis at the Department of Animal Physiology of the University of Osnabrück, Germany.

When I had a diploma in my hands, I was encouraged to go for an MD in Houston, Texas, USA. Instead of doing so, I once again followed my dreams and went on an adventure to my birthplace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I was lucky enough to come into contact with the incredible immunologist Dr. Julio Scharfstein from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Counting lipid bodies in human eosinophils at the Laboratory of Inflammation, UFRJ, Brazil.*

He welcomed me in his research group and took me on an amazing journey into the world of molecular immunology. I began my doctoral thesis in his laboratory and concluded it in the Laboratory of Inflammation, as part of a co-tutoring collaboration with Dr. Christianne Bandeira de Melo.

During all these years of my academic activity, I was able to grow in terms of collegiality, teamwork, laboratory research, scientific writing, lecturing and all the more.

However, when my biological clock spoke louder than my career as a biologist, I decided that I needed a workplace in which my children were not only safe, but actually welcome to join me at any time. A dear friend of mine reminded me that I had helped my colleagues many a time with improving or even translating their scientific manuscripts. This made me realize that I did not need a laboratory to remain in close contact with the world of science, which is my passion, and in 2012 I began a longstanding relationship with American Journal Experts (AJE; Durham, NC, USA), working as a freelance translator in the language combination Portuguese-English.

Even though it has always been a pleasure to work for AJE, I never got used to not being able to interact with the authors of the work I was translating. Sometimes, a simple “can you provide me a reference paper on this topic?” is all that is needed to go from a generic translation to highly specific and accurate wording. For me, there was only one logical solution: to become independent and work directly with my clients.

A picture of me working on a translation.*

So this is me today, ready to engage in a collaboration with scientists to polish and, if need be, translate their manuscript, so it can be seen for what it is: high-quality research.

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Scientific Activity

Learn more about the projects I participated in and the course programs of my degrees.

Major Projects

Rare snapshot of an eosinophil phagocytizing a neutrophil. Granulocytes purified from human peripheral blood.*

The Role of Bradykinin and Substance P in Eosinophil and Basophil activation / Laboratory of Inflammation

2008 - 2010, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Intensive research on human and murine granulocytes in the field of pharmacological immunology using methods of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics, among others.

The Effect of Bradykinin on Prostate Cancer Cells via Induction of Cysteine Protease Secretion / Laboratory of Molecular Immunology

2006 - 2008, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Basic research on the intracellular response to hormone stimulation in cancer cell lines in the field of oncology using methods of cell biology, proteomics, biochemistry, biophysics, live in vivo and in vitro imaging, etc.

Manduca sexta midgut stained for subunit C of the V-ATPase. Fluorescent immunohistochemistry.*

Interactions of biomolecules with Manduca sexta V-ATPase / Department of Animal Physiology

2004 - 2005, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Initiation in scientific research in the fields of animal physiology and microbiology, using an exceptionally broad range of research methods of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and biophysics.

Collaborations with colleagues from the Center of Health Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Pulmonary diseases in animal models to assess lung remodeling after therapy

Laboratory of Pulmonary Investigation

Several projects of in-depth studies on pulmonary diseases in different animal models to understand the impact of therapy through exercise, mesenchymal stem cell therapy etc. on lung remodeling.

DE ARAÚJO CC, MARQUES PS, SILVA JD, SAMARY CS, DA SILVA AL, HENRIQUES I, ANTUNES MA, DE OLIVEIRA MV, GOLDENBERG RC, MORALES MM, ABREU I, DIAZ BL, ROCHA NN, CAPELOZZI VL, ROCCO PR (2016). "Regular and moderate aerobic training before allergic asthma induction reduces lung inflammation and remodeling." Scand J Med Sci Sports 26(11):1360-1372.

SAMARY CDOS S, ANTUNES MA, SILVA JD, SILVA AL, ARAÚJO CC, BAKKER-ABREU I, DIAZ BL, FERNEZLIAN S, PARRA ER, CAPELOZZI VL, SILVA PL, LAPA E SILVA JR, ROCCO PR (2013). "Impact of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Moreau vaccine on lung remodeling in experimental asthma." Respir Physiol Neurobiol 189(3):614-23.

MARON-GUTIERREZ T, SILVA JD, ASENSI KD, BAKKER-ABREU I, SHAN Y, DIAZ BL, GOLDENBERG RC, MEI SH, STEWART DJ, MORALES MM, ROCCO PR, DOS SANTOS CC (2013). "Effects of mesenchymal stem cell therapy on the time course of pulmonary remodeling depend on the etiology of lung injury in mice." Crit Care Med 41(11):E319-33.

DE ARAÚJO CC, SILVA JD, SAMARY CS, GUIMARÃES IH, MARQUES PS, OLIVEIRA GP, DO CARMO LG, GOLDENBERG RC, BAKKER-ABREU I, DIAZ BL, ROCHA NN, CAPELOZZI VL, PELOSI P, ROCCO PR (2012). "Regular and moderate exercise before experimental sepsis reduces the risk of lung and distal organ injury." J Appl Physiol 112(7):1206-14.

Eosinophil activation in the context of prostaglandin D2-mediated signaling

Laboratory of Inflammation of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Receptor-dependent prostaglandin (PG) D2-mediated eosinophil activation, and esoinophils as a source of PGD2.

MESQUITA-SANTOS FP, BAKKER-ABREU I, LUNA-GOMES T, BOZZA PT, DIAZ BL, BANDEIRA-MELO C (2011). "Co-operative signalling through DP(1) and DP(2) prostanoid receptors is required to enhance leukotriene C(4) synthesis induced by prostaglandin D(2) in eosinophils." Br J Pharmacol 162(8):1674-85.

LUNA-GOMES T, MAGALHÃES KG, MESQUITA-SANTOS FP, BAKKER-ABREU I, SAMICO RF, MOLINARO R, CALHEIROS AS, DIAZ BL, BOZZA PT, WELLER PF, BANDEIRA-MELO C (2011). "Eosinophils as a novel cell source of prostaglandin D2: autocrine role in allergic inflammation." J Immunol 187(12):6518-26.

Protease-activated receptor signaling in glioblastoma cells

Laboratory of Thrombosis and Cancer

Intracellular signaling pathways triggered by α-thrombin in human glioblastoma cell lines via protease-activated receptors 1 and 2 (PAR-1 and PAR-2, respectively).

XXIV Annual Reunion – Experimental Biology Societies Federation (Fesbe, 2009). Poster: MARIANO-OLIVEIRA A, OLIVEIRA AD, BAKKER-ABREU I, SCHARFSTEIN J, MONTEIRO RQ. "Human glioblastoma cell lines A172 and U87-MG express functional protease-activated recptors 1 and 2 (PAR-1 and PAR-2)".

Scientific writing

Compartmentalization and organization of several structural and eicosanoid-forming proteins within lipidbodies.*

Lipid Bodies - Review paper

Significant contribution to a review paper on lipid bodies, also including the elaboration of images and tables, in collaboration with one of Brazil's most influential female scientists, Dr. Patrícia T. Bozza.
Note that the final version of the manuscript was not edited by me.

BOZZA PT, BAKKER-ABREU I, NAVARRO-XAVIER RA, BANDEIRA-MELO C (2011). "Lipid body function in eicosanoid synthesis: an update." Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 85(5):205-13. Review.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) Degree / Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

2006 - 2010, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

The curriculum included multidisciplinary research work, scientific writing, active participation at congresses, specializing courses focused on health sciences, lecturing in the field of immunology, training students in laboratory research, and regular technical discussions. A doctoral thesis was elaborated and defended in Portuguese.

Diploma in Biology / University of Osnabrück

1999 - 2005, Osnabrück - Germany

The program addressed general subjects, such as mathematics and chemistry, as well as highly specialized modules covering a broad range of subjects, among which ethology, botany, physiology, microbiology, genetics and biophysics. Field trips and practical courses were also attended. Scientific writing and speech were continuously trained in both German and English. A final thesis was elaborated in the field of animal physiology in German.

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*All images on this page are either personal pictures or part of my published work.