Dr. Silvia da Costa
Silvia da Costa holds Doctoral and Masterís degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She holds bachelorís degrees in physics, journalism and French from California State University, Long Beach. Silvia has received numerous research awards, fellowships and grants. As a postdoctoral researcher, Silviaís past projects included examination of cytoskeletal filament system regulation of membrane traffic in lacrimal gland acini, as well as the development of an experimental disease model for Sjogrenís syndrome, specifically investigating changes in the secretory pathway of lacrimal glands in NOD mice. Silvia is currently working as a research scientist investigating the efficacy and safety of medicinal plants for use in therapeutic product development. She is responsible for the production of technical reviews and scientific manuscripts in the area of medicinal plants. As a native speaker of both English and Portuguese, with additional fluency in French, Spanish and Italian, Silvia can apply a broad knowledge of multiple languages as she interprets scientific documents written by scientists who speak English as a second language.