I am an MD PhD with certification in Internal Medicine (Brazil) and Infectious Diseases (DTMH, Royal Society). I head a large group interested in the study of inflammation in the context of infection and sterile inflammation. We are particularly interested in studying the role of inflammation in host x microbial interaction and developing novel inflammation-based therapies to treat infection. In the last 9 years, I have coordinated a national network in dengue infection and, more recently, participated intensely in the National effort to define Zika research priorities. My clinical interest is mostly related to infectious diseases of local relevance, in particular arboviral and protozoan infections. A significant part of our current effort lies on generating novel animal models, research tools and novel therapeutic strategies to treat viral infections.