Bruna received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2021. Advised by Jennifer Linderman and Greg Thurber, Bruna dissertation research involved evaluating antibody-drug conjugates distribution and efficacy in solid tumors. Her research experience includes mechanistic and stochastic modeling, as well as in vitro and in vivo mouse work to support and test simulation predictions. Prior to graduate school, Bruna received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Bruna is also an advocate for women and minorities in STEM and hopes to encourage the next generation scientists.
What is your role at Applied BioMath?
“I am a senior scientist on the modeling side. My work entails building computational models to help our clients accelerate the drug development process.”
What do you love most about working here?
“I really like that I have the ability to learn a lot of things and that we do top-notch science. I get to work with incredible people too who are all super smart, kind, and overall role models to me.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Being able to make a real contribution to the field and seeing our work make a direct impact in drug development is very rewarding.”
What was your focus in your academics?
“By training I am a chemical engineer. I graduated in chemical engineering with a focus in systems biology. My research focus was to evaluate antibody-drug conjugate regimens in heterogeneous solid tumors using new computational modeling approaches.”
What made you get into the field of life sciences?
“I have always really liked math, chemistry, physics, and biology. For a long time I considered pharmacy, but then I got a volleyball scholarship at a school in Texas where most of their focus was in the oil industry. Once in grad school I was able to get back into the health sciences—something I really enjoyed.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I like playing volleyball, exercising, dancing, hanging out with friends, and going to church.”
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
“I would love to travel. My dream is to go to Thailand one day.”
What’s a random fun fact about yourself?
“I really like languages. I speak Portuguese and English fluently, but I have also taken Spanish, Chinese, and French courses.”
What inspires you every day?
“Bringing glory to God through my actions and giving my best in everything I do.”