Maithê Rocha Monteiro de Barros is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics working under supervision of Dr. Karol Nowicki-Osuch. During her PhD, she became interested in bioinformatics and she is now transitioning from wet to dry-lab. Her current research focuses on single-cell sequencing-based assessment of gastric and esophageal cancer development, working with RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, DNA-seq and spatial transcriptomics data. Before joining IICD, Maithê was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Langone Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology where she investigated the genetic mechanisms and biological pathways that lead to the pathogenesis of Keratoconus, a degenerative corneal disease. She worked mainly in the wet lab using mouse as a model system and human samples, but also performed scRNA-seq data analysis of corneal organoids.
She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, where she studied the transcriptomic mechanisms and gene expression regulation in equine endometritis, a chronic uterine inflammation. During her PhD, she performed all experiments in the wet lab as well as the data analyses. Prior to that, Maithê completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.