CMB Alumni – Nadia Sampaio

Nadia in snowy mountains

Nadia Sampaio recently completed her PhD in the Argueso Lab and joined the Dunlop Lab at Boston University as a post-doc. There she will be using synthetic and systems biology approaches to quantitatively understand and engineer cellular processes.


Can you say a little bit about your current job/research?

I recently joined the Dunlop lab at Boston University. During my postdoc, I’ll be applying the training in genomics that I gained during my PhD to single cell approaches, including time lapse microscopy and microfluidics, to investigate how cell-to-cell heterogeneity in gene expression contributes to the emergence of drug resistance in Escherichia coli.

What attracted you to the CMB Program at CSU?

While doing my Masters in Brazil, I learned about the exciting research Dr. Lucas Argueso was conducting at CSU. In 2012, I had the opportunity to visit his lab for three months as a part of my Masters work, and I fell in love with CSU and Fort Collins. I could not be happier for having made the decision to apply for a PhD in the CMB program.

How have you used the training you received through CMB?

So far I have used the training in genomics analysis I gained through my research in the Argueso lab and the GAUSSI program to analyze some whole genome sequencing data in my new lab. In addition, the training I received through the GAUSSI program, which included elevator pitch practice and CV writing, was very helpful in preparing for the interview process.

Do you have any favorite memories from your time at CSU?

Probably just my everyday routine. Biking to campus, doing my experiments while looking to the mountains and chatting with my lab mate Hailey.

What advice do you have for a new CMB graduate student?

Take advantage of the faculty in the program – I have gotten the best career advice from them. I would also advise everyone to put an effort to find a balance between life inside and outside the lab.

What do you miss most about CSU and Fort Collins?

The thing I miss the most about CSU is the awesome people I met during my time there. From professors, to my lab mates, to friends in the CMB program and other graduate programs, CSU attracts incredibly smart and generous people that are always willing to help their peers.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

I would feel very accomplished if in 5-10 years from now I had the chance to be starting my own lab, doing research, mentoring students and helping them to become scientists.