Camila Fiori Pereira



Phd Thesis started in 2021
Metabolic host-symbiont integration in a cuticle supplementing symbiosis
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Tobias Engl

I am studying the nutritional symbiosis of the grain pest beetle, Dinoderus porcellus. These beetles possess two closely related endosymbionts in different organs, which seem to have complementary metabolic functions that benefit the host. The goal of my research is to comprehend the metabolic integration of these endosymbionts and their contribution to the host's physiology. Moreover, I aim to gain insights into how these endosymbionts may help the beetles to survive successfully under harsh conditions, such as those encountered in storage facilities.



  • MSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2018-2021. University of São Paulo (USP), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP), Brazil. Holder of FAPESP master's scholarship grant.
  • Degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry, 2013-2018. University of São Paulo (USP), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences ofRibeirão Preto (FCFRP), Brazil. Holder of FAPESP, CAPES, and an International Exchange Scholarship grant.
  • Research Exchange, 2017. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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