Scientific experience:

April 2011 – May 2016: Researcher (Team Leader) Max F. Perutz Laboratories GmbH & Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Duties: Research in oncological cell biology (planning, coordination and documentation of experiments); science writing and communication; isolation, cultivation and maintenance of primary cell lines; in vitro cell experimentation evaluated with molecular biology and analytical techniques*; data evaluation; bio-statistics; project/budget management.

*Spectroscopy, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoblotting, ELISA, Western Blot, protein/RNA isolation, immunofluorescent-microscopy and cell-live imaging.

Key achievements and Awards:

- Nov 13: Carrao, et al; Circulation Research, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/circ.128.suppl_22.a10741 - Nov 13: International Fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA)
award
- Jun 12: European Science Slam award,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuhPN6T_yxU&feature=player_embedde - - Mar 12: Vienna Science Slam award, https://vimeo.com/40948219

- Apr 11: Vienna Postdoc in Sciences independent researcher Grant.


Feb 2010 – Feb 2011: Research Associate (Postdoctoral researcher),
Yale Cardiovascular Research Centre (YCRC), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT-USA https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/martin/people/?locationId=348

Duties: Research in cardiovascular cell biology; mouse breeding and microsurgery, in vitro cell culture and tissue culture, purification of molecules, protein and RNA isolation and evaluation of cell-based receptor binding assays by molecular biology techniques*; screening and validating in vitro activity of chemicals; data analysis; bio-statistics; writing scientific articles for publication; writing grant applications for the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA);
coordination of external collaborator teams.

Key achievements: Three publications in prominent scientific journals, one of them as first co-author:

- Carrao*; Ding, M.*; et al.; Journal of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology; 2012 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264700/
- Ding M, Xie Y, Carrao, et al.; Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol.; 2011 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21454807

- Cakraborty R, Carrao et al., Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol.; accepted Jan 2019 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30727757


Feb 2006 – Feb 2009: Marie-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (Doctoral researcher), Centre Cardiovascular Research (CCR), Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany

Duties: Research in cardiovascular biology; writing scientific articles and grant applications; project/budget management; in vivo rat heart surgery, heart-blood-flow measurements with neutron- activated microspheres, in vitro cell culture, ex-vivo tissue culture, rat hematological analysis, in vitroblood-vessel-formation experiments, evaluation of experiments with molecular biology techniques and analytical methods*; rat heart micro-computerized tomography; data analysis and bio-statistics; coordination of external collaborator teams (Germany, USA & Netherlands).

- Visiting researcher at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LS, USA (06 & 11/2006)
- Visiting researcher at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown OH, USA (01/2009-12/2009)

Key achievements and Awards: The results of this research led to a clinical trial in patients affected by heart disease. I published two articles in prominent scientific journals, one of them as first author. I wrote a project that was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Travel Grant.

- Carrão; et al.; Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; 2009 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19542022

- Yun J., Pung Y.F., Belmadani S., Carrao, et al.; Antiox & Redox Signalling; 2009 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19416057

- Jun 07: Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Travel Grant

- Feb 06: Marie-Curie Early-Stage Training Fellowship (FP6 Marie Curie Actions)


Jan 2004 – Jan 2006: Research Assistant, Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, Minho University, Braga, Portugal

Duties: Research in Neurobiology of Pain Processing (Ageing and Chronic Pain); data analysis; bio- statistics; writing scientific grant applications; in vivo rat brain surgery; neuron cellular experiment evaluation by laboratory analytical methods (spectroscopy, electrophoresis, chromatography, immune- blotting, silver staining, microscopy).

- Visiting Fellow at University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (04-12/2004)

Key achievements and Awards: Learned a new technique of virus tracing in the brain developed in USA and brought the knowledge back to my lab in Portugal. I wrote a project on Aging that was awarded an Innovation grant by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

- Sep 05: Aging Research Innovation award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
- Apr 04: Luso-American Foundation for Development Travel Grant
- Jan 04: Research Associate Fellowship from the Technology and Science Foundation (FCT)



Education:

Fev 2011: Postdoctoral studies, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, USA 

June 2009: Doctoral studies Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany

Aug 2003: Master of Biochemistry, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Jul 1998: Piano and Musical Sciences, National Conservatory of Music, Portugal



Memberships:

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)

The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) 

Medical Journalists Association (MJAUK)



Science-creative writing:
https://www.countlesssheep.com


Blog:

https://paparlapap.wordpress.com

Catarina Carrão (aka Ana Catarina Ribeiro Carrão)

Curiosities:

The results of my research work as a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Cardiovascular Center of the Charité (aka, PhD student in Berlin, Germany) resulted in two publications in important journals of the field. This body of work led to a Stage-I clinical trial for the treatment of patients with ischemic heart disease. I performed all the experimental research and bio-statistics, with the help of an international team. Because there was a deadline to finish this project in three years, I efficiently coordinated the teams in Germany, Netherlands and USA. Since part of this research had to be done in USA, I wrote and was award a Grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Funds, which allowed me to spend several periods there. Project management is my second nature and I always aim to reach the deadlines by efficient management of time and money. 

I have a positive and resilient attitude, even when encountering problems or when things go haywire. As an example, I went to live in Germany without speaking a word of German. The passion and drive for biomedical research, led me on a path of adventure and knowledge. Learning a new language was part of it. 

I was always able to work independently, setting my own goals, designing and interpreting experiments. Innovation and creativity help me solve technical problems efficiently, even when I had to develop new methodologies. As an example, when I was a researcher at Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, I developed new techniques in order to optimize our group results. 

I’m also a good collaborator. I served as a liaison from my laboratory in Yale Cardiovascular Research Center to several collaborating labs in Yale and in other institutions. I made several trips from Yale to Boston University, where I obtained key samples for the project. I’m still in contact with all the persons I have met on the other side of the ocean, and cherish all the connections I made. This research work resulted in three publications, one as a co- first author. These were published in prestigious journals of the field and have been cited over 30 times in other researchers’ studies. My most recent publication from this group was approved for publishing in January 2019. Part of the work that I did in 2010 was still innovative to be published in one of the most prominent journals of the field almost ten years later.

I understand the importance of wording to deliver the right message, as an example I was honored to receive the Vienna and the European Science Slam award. Science is fun, but sometimes quite complex and full of details. It is the job of a challenger to be able to sort out the bits that make the message come across to deliver the essential that is able to shape thoughts and change minds. It’s like puzzling content to deliver knowledge, leaving comfort zones to transmit messages in a plain, simple, but true form. I find science writing almost a work of art, the artistry of science words.

Science or Medical writing is not a lesser form of science, but an essential part of it. 

Only by engaging a general audience into the works of science, can we solve the problems of today and conquer the obstacles of tomorrow.