I have graduated with a BSc in Chemistry at UNICAMP in 1999 and MSc in Biochemistry at the University of Sao Paulo in 2001 both in Brazil. Moving abroad, I focused in understanding how aminoacyle-tRNA synthetases (aaRS) have evolved to efficiently select their substrates (amino acid and tRNA) in order to provide new insights into the development of inhibitors for these essential enzymes. I was awarded my PhD from Ohio State University (USA) in 2006. Aiming to gain better experience in the RNA and crystallography field I moved on to explored the complex Signal Recognition Particle (SRP) and ribosome working as post doc at Prof. Jennifer Doudna's Lab at UC Berkeley (USA) and Prof. Nenad Ban's Lab at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Now as a lecture in the University of Sydney, my research will target the structural and molecular characterization of RNA molecules in RNA-protein complexes using innovative and state of art structural biology methods.