Fernanda Coelho


Fernanda acquired Master and PhD degrees at Dr. Mauro Teixeira’s laboratory at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2010 she joined Dr. Jens Stein’s laboratory in Bern, and was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to investigate how naïve B cells compute divergent chemoattractant signals of the T cell area and B cell follicles during in vivo migration. She used a Two-Photon microscopy technique to directly image peripheral lymph nodes for a comprehensive analysis of the prototypical G-protein-coupled receptors CXCR4, CXCR5, and CCR7 during B cell migration.

Recently, she was awarded a Marie-Heim Vögtlin fellowship, and joined our team. Fernanda aims to apply her broad microscopy skills to the study of microbiota-host interactions.

Besides lab work Fernanda is proud mother of a one-year-old girl named Cecilia. She enjoys spending her free time entertaining her daughter, travelling across the Atlantic to visit family in Brazil and United States, organizing book clubs and do-it-yourself projects around the house.

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