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Izabela Mauricio Rezende
Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases
BioI have a B.S. in Biology, M.Sc. in Immunology and Infectious diseases, Ph.D. in Microbiology. I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine, working with Dr. Jason Andrews at the new Stanford Pandemic Preparedness Hub, a fellowship I was awarded at the end of 2022. As part of a pandemic preparedness, We are tytrying to understand the potential viruses at risk of pandemic spread. Using disease modeling, epidemiological, and phylogenetic analysis, we study the genomic evolution and transmission dynamics of H5N1 avian influenza A after 2020.
I am in my third postdoctoral year at Stanford and completed the first two years with Dr. Desiree LaBeaud. I have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, with an emphasis in Virology, and a Master’s in Infectious Diseases. . My Ph.D. was conducted in Brazil, under the supervision of Dr. Betânia Drumond, and contemplated the virological and epidemiological aspects of yellow fever (YF) outbreak in Minas Gerais/BR in 2017-2018, combining laboratory, clinical, and data analysis (publications: DOI 10.1126/science.aat7115; DOI 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006538; DOI 10.1128/jcm.00254-22; DOI 10.3390/vaccines7040206; DOI 10.1186/s12985-019-1277-7). I came to Stanford University for my first postdoc with Dr. Desiree LaBeaud. For two years, I led an international NIH R01 project investigating the dynamics of the biggest YF outbreak in Brazil, including the description of a new syndrome, Late-relapsing hepatitis after yellow fever (DOI 10.3390/v12020222), and risk factors for severe YF. I was also involved in other projects regarding SARS-CoV-2 variants and disease severity in infants (DOI 10.3389/fmed.2022.896352), Rift Valley fever virus epidemiology in humans and animals in Kenya (DOI 10.1371/journal.pgph.0000505), and dengue virus evolution in Africa (ongoing Ph.D. candidate mentorship).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also supported the Brazilian Ministry of Health with the SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis in human samples and also in the investigation of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA in surfaces of density public areas of Belo Horizonte. Since Nov/2018 I had been an editor in the journal Docência do Ensino Superior (RDES / GIZ / UFMG) and in Jan/2020 I became Editor-in-Chief.
Postdoctoral Scholar, General Internal Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPostdoctoral researcher at Stanford Medicine, Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center (SAGE):
* Conducting a pilot research to study impact of social immersive virtual reality on older
*Conducted scoping review to identify barriers and facilitators of Latinx older adults
participation in clinical trials.
* Worked on exploring older adults’ use of technology during COVID-19 pandemic.
Research at other institutions:
*Experience conducing research projects using traditional research methods (surveys, observations, interviews, videorecording, diaries) and innovative research methods (360° video, virtual reality, time-lapse photography, artifacts, creative methods).
*Experience using participatory, ethnographic, multimodal, and design-based research methodologies.
*Conducted an academic-industry research partnership with the BBC Micro:bit Foundation.
*Participated in diverse interdisciplinary international research initiatives (UK, Germany, Brazil) to explore, analyze, and discuss tech implementations related to algorithm’s power and bias, ethics and technology, responsible AI.
*Designed and implemented a technological learning space for children, adolescents and older adults to learn together.
Postdoctoral Scholar, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEnhancing human movement through scalable, remotely delivered physical activity interventions, remote assessment and monitoring of human movement, health technology development, fall prevention, aging, digital balance assessment, improving access to health and healthcare, increasing healthspan, lifestyle medicine