CODE Zika Brazil


Leadership Team

Leticia J. Marteleto is a social scientist with expertise in social demography, social stratification and reproductive health. Marteleto’s scholarship examines inequalities in fertility, reproductive processes and educational attainment, among others. Marteleto’s research has been funded by several foundations. She is currently the PI of DeCodE (Demographic Consequences of Epidemics-Brazil), funded by NICHD, and the first panel survey on reproductive health in Brazil, tracking women’s fertility desires, intentions and outcomes during the Zika and Covid-19 public health crises. Marteleto’s work has appeared in flagship journals in sociology, demography and other disciplines, such as Demography, Population and Development Review and Social Forces. Professor Marteleto holds a PhD in Sociology from The University of Michigan and is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a research affiliate of the Population Research Center and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies at the same institution. 

Project Coordinator


Ana Paula Portella (Ph.D. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is the Decode Zika Project Coordinator. 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.