CODE Zika Brazil


Data and Fieldwork Team

Laís Picinini Freitas (M.A. in Epidemiology in Public Health, National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca) is the Decode Zika Data Analyst. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology in Public Health at the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. Her research investigates the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of arboviral diseases in a triple epidemic scenario (dengue, Zika and chikungunya) and its relationship with environmental and socioeconomic characteristics. Laís' research interests include epidemiology, statistical methods, modelling, Bayesian analysis and public health.

Ana Paula Portella (Ph.D. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is the Decode Zika Fieldwork Director. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Pernambuco. She has coordinated and integrated various research teams using quantitative and qualitative methods, including national and international multi-site investigations, on topics such as reproductive health and sexual rights, gender, violence against women and public security. She has also developed and applied educational approaches for working across genders and coordinated training processes for diverse audiences, including training public servants in the areas of health, security, justice and policies for women. Beyond her work with Decode Zika, she is currently a researcher at the Center for Studies on Public Security Policies at the Federal University of Pernambucoand and is an independent consultant for the development and monitoring of projects and public policies in the areas mentioned above. 

Maria de Fátima Coelho (B.A. in Social Work, Catholic University of Pernambuco) was a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She participated in two studies organized by the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation on the socio-economic situation of the 1998 drought in the Northeast of Brazil (Pernambuco and Piauí) and on the rural social security system in the States of Pernambuco, Paraíba, Alagoas and Sergipe.

 Laura Patrício (M.A. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She also holds two Bachelor's degrees: one in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco and one in Law from the Federal University of Paraíba. She is a board certified lawyer by the Brazilian Bar Association. Her academic and professional experience focuses mainly on the sociology of crime and violence. Her Master's thesis investigated homicide configurations in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Her most recent academic work was her honors thesis in law on the perception of jurors in João Pessoa (Paraíba, Brazil) about the applicability of the death penalty in Brazil.

 Fieldwork team in action in Brazil