CODE Zika Brazil


Former Decode Zika Team Members

Kristine Hopkins (Ph.D. in Sociology/Demography, University of Texas at Austin) was the previous Decode Zika Project Director. She is a research scientist, faculty research associate at the Population Research Center, and research affiliate at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on access to contraception among low-income community college students, postpartum contraceptive use and changes in the provision of publicly funded family planning services, and access to abortion. 

Carla Silva-Muhammad was the previous Decode Zika Program Manager. She also served as the Brazil Center Coordinator & Graduate Program Coordinator for the Teresa Lozano Long Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Silva-Muhammad has also held numerous teaching positions, including Portuguese language and international studies courses. She holds a Master's degree in International Studies, with a concentration in Latin America and a certificate in Human Rights (University of Connecticut, 2014). Her research interests include performance studies, human rights, and social justice.

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.

Júlia A. Calazans, CEDEPLAR - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, worked as a graduate student researcher on Decode Zika; she assisted with data analysis of birth records and other publicly available Brazilian data sets.

Erica Mirabitur, UT Austin, worked as a graduate student researcher on Decode Zika. She assisted with analyses of the pilot survey of women of reproductive age in Recife.