CODE Zika Brazil


Data and Fieldwork Team

Luiz Gustavo Fernandes Sereno is a Ph.D candidate in Economic Theory at the State University of Campinas and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Federal University of Uberlandia. He has experience with Econometrics and Ecological Economics. His research focuses on methodological advances in the uses of big data for investigations on the relationship between economics and the environment and public health. His is currently researching the economic impacts of climate change on the real estate market and on the economic impacts of Covid-19 pandemic and non-pharmacological coping strategies.

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. 

Marina Alves Amorim is a Data Analyst on the DZ Project. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Statistics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). She is a member of the Belo Horizonte chapter of RLadies, a worldwide organization with the aim of promoting gender diversity in the use of the statistical language R. She is currently a Data Analyst at QuintoAndar, and has experience with statistical modeling, machine learning, and probability.

laura patricioLaura Patrício is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She helps maintain contact with interviewees during and after the first round of interviews. She was active in reaching out to respondents during Wave 1 and continues to provide support to ongoing fieldwork activities in Brazil.

Fieldwork team in action in Brazil