Ana-Carolina Zeri of Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory will give a talk, “Microscopes and Biomolecules in the Toy Box,” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Friday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Physics Department seminar room. Sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates and Brookhaven Women in Science, the talk is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.
The Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory, LNBio, is part of a complex of national laboratories, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energy e Materiais (CNPEM) in Brazil. The complex includes the site of the first Synchrotron Light Source built in the Southern Hemisphere, the “Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron,” and future site of the next generation source, Sirius the CPEM, and is also home to Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencia e Tecnologia do Bioetanol (CTBE) and the Laboratorrio Nacional de Nanotechnologia (LNNano).
For her talk at Brookhaven, Zeri will discuss her activities as a scientist and an educator, and how her team uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), to study biological samples with applications in cancer research, bacterial growth machinery, and pathogen defense mechanisms. The NMR techniques enable scientists to determine the shape (at an atomic level) of molecules, such as proteins, and investigate minute differences in the composition of biofluids, such as saliva, blood plasma and urine.
Winner of an Eisenhower Fellowship to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational programs, Zeri will also discuss her personal experiences and challenges as a woman in the world of science. She will also present how she has combined her research with her passion for education and the social advancement of young women. She is also interested in the portrayal of girls and women in the media and how this impacts their career aspirations.
Ana Zeri completed her Ph.D in the United States and returned to Brazil where she currently is a principal investigator at Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory. In addition to her research using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Zeri also volunteers as a leader in educational outreach programs. Her future plans include studying the importance of science education in public policy.