Research profile: Dr Rodrigo Carlessi
Dr Rodrigo Carlessi, Research Associate, School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI), studied in Brazil and Israel before moving to Perth, Western Australia, to continue his research at Curtin.
I’m a Research Associate in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CHIRI. I graduated in 2007 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, in Life Sciences with a major in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I later moved to Israel where I completed a Master of Sciences degree in Biochemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Returning to Brazil, I joined the Medical School of UFRGS and obtained my doctorate degree in Molecular Endocrinology in 2015.
I first came to Australia in 2014 as a visiting PhD student supported by the Science without Borders program. I then returned to Brazil to finish my PhD research and satisfy a mandatory period of stay in Brazil that the program requires from scholarship holders. I rejoined the School of Biomedical Sciences in 2016 and I plan to spend at least a few years here, continuing my postdoctoral research.
I chose Curtin to undertake part of my PhD in order to work in collaboration with Professor Philip Newsholme, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and a prominent figure in the area of diabetes and metabolic research.
CHIRI has all the cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities required for the development of my research. There is a vibrant culture, which we promote by having weekly seminars, research group meetings and social events.
Since I first arrived at Curtin I’ve attended three national conferences. Currently I’m participating in a training program aimed at learning skills useful for generating research income from government sources, and I’ve published eight research papers in the meantime.
As a developing country, Brazil strives to produce high-quality science at an international level. I always aim [towards] generating research outcomes at high levels. I hope to achieve research success that will help to develop and bring recognition to my home country.