Lavínia Romera, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Lavínia is a pharmacist passionate about science, immunology and how science can impact clinical practice. She has a Master’s in Clinical Analysis and a PhD in Pathophysiology. During her PhD, she characterized the Notch signaling and Toll-like receptors in macrophages in experimental paracoccidioidomycosis, identifying a possible evasive mechanism of the fungus. She performed her first post-doctoral in the field of cell signaling. Due to having multiple interests, she had clinical experience and worked as an assistant professor. However, the bench called her and between these two positions, she got a technical project in partnership with DNDi to validate a proof of concept in vivo involving screening of compounds against Chagas disease, and at the same time, she conducted another project about vaccination and extracellular vesicles. After these experiences, she held a post-doctoral in the field of phenotypic screening to identify compounds against pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. Currently, she continues to work in science and exploring the immune system. She also works as a scientific consultor and she continues to engaged in science, especially science applicable to clinical practice.

Lavínia enjoys creating content in social media and writes. She is a Life science writer and has a personal blog, where she disseminates knowledge about science, especially immunology. She is a curious person and enjoys running, takes pictures with her Fujifilm and she loves coffee. She is 80% of water and 20% of coffee.

Academic Background

  • PhD in Pathophysiology
  • Master’s degree in Pharmacy and Clinical Analysis
  • Bachelor in Pharmacy

Previous Research Work

  • PostDoctoral at Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative (DNDi) – Biomedical Institute of Sciences at USP, Brazil (2019-2020)
  • PostDoctoral at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (2017-2019)
  • PostDoctoral at Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative (DNDi) – UNIFESP, Brazil (2018-2019)