Anderson Brito

Anderson Brito, Ph.D., M.S.

Postdoctoral associate | Yale School of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Laboratory of Epidemiology of Public Health (LEPH) | 60 College St. | New Haven, CT 06510
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BS in Biological Sciences – University of Brasília

Internship in Insect Virology – Embrapa, Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Marlinda Lobo)

MS in Microbiology – University of São Paulo (Paulo Zanotto)

PhD in Computational Biology – Imperial College London (John Pinney)

 

I’m originally from Brasília, the capital of Brazil. After spending a few years working as an informatics teacher, in my early 20s I started a BSc degree in the field that was my childhood passion: Biology. During the four years of course I transitioned across several subareas, such as Phytopathology and Ecology, until I was finally introduced to Virology. My experience with viruses began in 2009, when I started as an undergraduate researcher at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), studying baculovirus molecular biology. In 2010 I graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Brasilia (UnB).

To learn more about molecular virology, in 2011 I moved to São Paulo to start a MSc in Microbiology at the University of São Paulo (USP). At USP I was in charge of a high-throughput sequencing project that generated 17 baculovirus genomes (~130,000 bp each). This project involved experimental approaches for in vivo viral growth, DNA amplification, extraction, and genome sequencing, and also computational approaches, opportunity when I could develop bioinformatics skills for aligning, assembling, comparing, annotating, and visualizing viral genomes.

By combining two of my major interests (Biology and Computing), my MSc research inspired me to deepen my knowledge in Computational Biology. In 2014 I moved to the UK to pursue a PhD in such multidisciplinary field. At Imperial College London, my PhD research aimed at understanding the evolution of virus-host interactions from a systemic perspective, by integrating distinct data types, such as: DNA and protein sequences, protein domain architectures, protein structures, taxonomic and mainly phylogenetic data.

I’m passionate about partner dancing (mainly Latin American dances), and I’m a wannabe social scientist particularly interested on History, Anthropology and Politics.