Dr Rafael Freitas de Oliveira Franca

Principal Investigator & Senior Researcher in Virology at FioCruz, Recife

Rafael obtained his Ph.D from Sao Paulo University in Brazil, with a strong focus on Immunology and Virology. The major focus of his research is to identify and characterize the participation of specific immune components on several infectious and inflammatory diseases. His primary focus as a researcher is to understand the participation of key molecules, such as cellular receptors and differentially activated signalling pathways on immune regulation and activation following infectious diseases. 

Dr Lucia Brito Ferreira


Co-Principal Investigator & Consultant Neurologist at Hospital da Restauração, Recife

Dr Brito is a Neurologist and researcher based in Recife, Brazil, where she is head of her department at Hospital da Restauração. She is a specialist in neuro-immunological disease and is also involved in national guideline development and health policy in this area.   

Professor David WG Brown

B I Global Steering Group Member & Professor of Virology at Fiocruz-Rio & Public Health England

Prof Brown's interests include viral diagnostics and molecular epidemiology. He has extensive clinical, research and public health experience in the UK, Brazil and India. He has served as Head of the WHO Global Specialised Laboratory for Measles & Rubella, and Director of the UK national Virus Reference Laboratory.

Dr Patricia Sequeira 

Member of the B I Global External Advisory Panel

Dr Sequeira has a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also worked as a postdoctoral Fellow at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore. She is currently a Research Scientist at the arbovirus reference laboratory at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main focus of her projects are mostly related to Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever epidemiology and pathogenesis.