Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWSImmigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

IWS Leaders

Luana Lopes - IWS Calgary


I am a neuroscientist originally from Brazil. After  complete my bachelor degree in Physiotherapy, I started  a  master and PhD program in Physiology. In 2014, I moved to Canada to pursue my postdoctoral studies with focus in neurobiology and neurosciences. I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, in the beautiful province of Alberta. My research focuses on the interactions between the cardiorespiratory and central nervous system during several types of stress. Being an immigrant woman in science, I have first-hand experience of the additional challenges of succeeding as a minority. My passion for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion made me join forces with IWS and advocate for that cause. I believe that by our discourse and actions, together we can contribute to the development of open minds that genuinely understand that gender, nationality, religious beliefs, and/or sexual orientation do not affect people’s capabilities. Outside the lab, I enjoy hiking, cooking and travelling.

Nicole Orsi Barioni - IWS Calgary


 I was born in Brazil, but my passion for neurosciences pushed me outside the borders of my country to seek a wider view in research. I completed a bachelor’s degree in health sciences at the State University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Porto University (Portugal) and a Master’s degree in Anatomy and Biology of Systems at the State University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) with research visits to the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon (Spain). Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the Physiology and Pharmacology department in the University of Calgary (Canada) and have recently visited Showa University (Japan) to develop part of my project. My research interests lie on the various aspects of neuroscience, from subcellular circuits to systems and physiology. My current project explores sympathetic and respiratory centers in the spinal cord with potential to free spinal cord injury patients from breathing machines.