The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) is excited to announce the addition of Carolina de Aguiar Ferreira, PhD, to our faculty ranks. Dr. de Aguiar Ferreira joins us as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and will be a part of the Division of Chemical Biology at IQ.

As a researcher focusing on improving cancer care using molecular tools, she joins the growing team of researchers at MSU working on this important aspect of human health. Dr. de Aguiar hopes to work collaboratively with programs such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) to develop new radiotracers for cancer detection and therapy.

“Radiochemistry is an important bridge to FRIB and pharmacology as well as to our clinical partners, and Carolina is an outstanding investigator who will help build these connections,” said Christopher Contag, PhD, director of IQ.

“I am very excited to join IQ and MSU because of its naturally collaborative environment,” shared Dr. de Aguiar Ferreira. “I believe science is better when it is shared, and I am very happy to be part of a community with very competent faculty and students that are willing to work together to solve unique problems and achieve common goals.”

MSU’s facilities, equipment, and supportive environment for career-building were also part of what attracted Dr. de Aguiar Ferriera to the University. However, she shares that the people here are what she is most excited about.

“I truly believe that people are what matter most in academia. I am committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and diverse environment and hope to be a platform for young researchers like myself to find their voices, both for themselves and the greater good of academia.”

Dr. de Aguiar Ferreira joins us from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a postdoctoral researcher working on radiotheranostics. Find out more about her research in a recent publication, Meet Dr. Carolina Ferreira, Who Is Developing the Next Generation of Radioactive Theranostics, or visit the MIRA Laboratory’s website.