Fellowship site: Federal University Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
US institution: UC Berkeley
Research interest: Health disparities and genotype distribution of MRSA isolates between slum vs non-slum populations in Rio de Janeiro
Mariel received her PhD from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, investigating the molecular epidemiology of leishmaniasis. While obtaining her MPH from The George Washington University, she conducted research with the NHBS Study and the DC DOH. During this time, she received the Practicum Research Fellowship Award to perform research at icddr,b in Bangladesh. Mariel’s postdoctoral research will focus on investigating health outcomes in Brazilian urban slums in preparation for the upcoming World Cup and World Olympics. Her career goals center on becoming a global health leader in the field of infectious disease molecular epidemiology.
Mariel will spend her fellowship year at Federal University Fluminense in Rio de Janiero, under the mentorship of Lee Riley, MD. Her research will assess the baseline incidence of drug-resistant community-acquired infections, the genotype distribution of MRSA isolates, and drug-resistance genes of these MRSA isolated from children attending day care centers and their family members in the urban slums of Rio De Janeiro before the World Cup and the Olympics.
These are selected publications associated with the fellowship:
High prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus colonization among healthy children attending public daycare centers in informal settlements in a large urban center in Brazil.