Welcome Thaís Lopes de Oliveira!

New postdoc at NVS.

Thaís Lopes de Oliveira, postdoc at the division of Aging Research Center, NVS. Photo: Private.

What is your mission at NVS?/What will you be working with?

My mission at NVS is to work with data harmonization, data analysis, and writing scientific reports that will contribute to the progress of the project aiming to identify geroprotectors with the potential to slow down biological aging in humans by studying drugs used for common age-related diseases.

Which division will you be working at?

I will be working at the Aging Research Center.

What do you look forward to the most in your new position? 

At this new position, I am looking forward to the two-way transfer of knowledge between the team and me. I am mostly expecting to contribute to the team with the operationalization of research ideas, quantitative and longitudinal analyses, and results interpretation. I expect to gain expertise in the epidemiology of aging, statistical modeling, and dissemination of results to the scientific community, policymakers, and the Swedish community, and beyond.

Where have you been active before and what have you done earlier?

After my graduation in Nutrition (2014), I started working in a research group about occupational health at the National School of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. At this school, I completed my Master’s degree (2015-2017) and my Ph.D. (2017-2021) in Epidemiology in Public Health.

My research interest in the past five years was to understand the relationship between occupational characteristics and health decline to promote better healthy aging at the workplace. Since 2015, I have worked with a Brazilian civil servant cohort data (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health - ELSA-Brasil) and collaborated in data collection. During my Ph.D., I studied the influence of job stressors on self-rated health changes over ten years of follow-up of ELSA-Brasil, and I was a Ph.D. guest student at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University.  

In 2021, I worked as a temporary post-doctoral researcher in research about Urban Health in Latin American countries (SALURBAL) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais – Brazil. I worked with Brazilian register data and conducted research investigating life expectancy at birth, at 20, at 40, and 60 years of age in small areas in six Brazilian cities.

When you are not working, what do you do for recreation?

In my free time, I crochet, read, do physical exercise, play with my dog, and I have started to learn how to play the piano.

Are you reading a book at the moment? Which one?

I am reading The Book of Why by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie. I am interested in studying causal inference, and this book was recommended by my Ph.D. professors.

Tell us about the most beautiful place you have visited?

The most beautiful place I have visited was the Dominican Republic. The country has nice food and music, friendly people, and beautiful beaches to rest, sunbathe, and surfing.

In Punta Cana, it is possible to do adventure excursions, such as zipline and buggy. You can surf on Macao beach or learn how to surf. And you can sunbathe and rest in bayahibe beach.

What makes you happy?

Living in the moment and doing the best I can to make it enjoyable makes me happy. You can understand this idea by watching this TED talk conducted by professor Clóvis de Barros Filho. There is a close caption in English.

Thank you for reading about me. I am looking forward to meeting you.