ATA-Certified English to Portuguese Translator

Life Sciences and Medical

About Me

A researcher at heart, I am the best choice for technically accurate documents



I have a PhD in Biology and a Certificate in English to Portuguese Translation



I keep up to date through a combination of webinars and in-person events


Translation Samples

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After receiving my PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, I decided to leave academia to become a full-time translator and pursue my passion for languages. In 2016, I completed the Certificate in English to Portuguese Translation from New York University, and in 2017 I became certified as an English to Portuguese translator by the American Translators Association.

I strive to write technically precise and well-written text, and I have a knack for hunting down the appropriate translation of even the most specialized terms. I do not translate word-for-word, but rather write a text that flows well in the target (translated) language, while maintaining the meaning of the source. I specialize in scientific texts, and I use corpora extensively to ensure natural-sounding target texts.



I am a PhD in Biology and certified by the American Translators Association as a translator in the English to Portuguese pair
■ Native Brazilian Portuguese speaker who has been living in the U.S. for over 12 years
■ Experience translating and editing medical and scientific documents
■ Member of ATA (American Translators Association) and NCATA (National Capital Area Translators Association)


Certificate in English to Portuguese Translation from New York University (2016). Courses include English to Portuguese Medical Translation, English to Portuguese Legal Translation, English to Portuguese Translating the News, Introduction to CAT andTerminology Management and Subtitling and Voice Replacement for Translators

SDL Trados Studio 2015
MemoQ 2015
CafeTran Espresso
SDL MultiTerm 2015

Four years of experience translating and back-translating clinical trial resource guides, medical case reports, investigational medicinal product dossiers, medication labels, patient brochures, grant reports, news items, and scientific manuscripts on Botany, Ecology, Forestry, Zoology, Pharmacology, Phytochemistry, and Molecular Biology.


Volunteer translations of Coursera video lessons and of written documents for non- profits through the Rosetta Foundation

Recent professional development activities

– ATA Conference, Washington, Oct 25–28, 2017

– In-person course: Tips and Tricks to Boost your Terminology Work, with Laura Ramírez, Oct 25, 2017

– III TRADUSA (Brazilian Meeting of Translators Specialized in the Healthcare Sector), São Paulo, Brazil, Aug 5–6, 2017

– In-person Course: Como o corpus customizado pode auxiliar o tradutor e intérprete de textos médicos? (How does a customized corpus help the translator and interpreter of medical texts?) with Ana Julia Perrotti-Garcia, Aug 5, 2017

– Webinar series: Medical devices for translators and interpreters, with Yana Onikiychuk via eCPD, Jan 2017

Sample Translation

Abstract of an article published in PLoS ONE on the impact of the microbial load over the hatching success of olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica.Bézy VS, Valverde RA, Plante CJ (2015) Olive Ridley sea turtle hatching success as a function of the microbial abundance in nest sand at Ostional, Costa Rica. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118579.

Olive ridley sea turtle hatching success as a function of the microbial abundance in nest sand at Ostional, Costa Rica

Several studies have suggested that significant embryo mortality is caused by microbes, while high microbial loads are generated by the decomposition of eggs broken by later nesting turtles. This occurs commonly when nesting density is high, especially during mass nesting events (arribadas). However, no previous research has directly quantified microbial abundance and the associated effects on sea turtle hatching success at a nesting beach. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the microbial abundance in olive ridley sea turtle nest sand affects the hatching success at Ostional, Costa Rica. We applied experimental treatments to alter the microbial abundance within the sand into which nests were relocated. We monitored temperature, oxygen, and organic matter content throughout the incubation period and quantified the microbial abundance within the nest sand using a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) molecular analysis. The most successful treatment in increasing hatching success was the removal and replacement of nest sand. We found a negative correlation between hatching success and fungal abundance (fungal 18S rRNA gene copies g-1 nest sand). Of secondary importance in determining hatching success was the abundance of bacteria (bacterial 16S rRNA gene copies g-1 nest sand). Our data are consistent with the hypothesis that high microbial activity is responsible for the lower hatching success observed at Ostional beach. Furthermore, the underlying mechanism appears to be the deprivation of oxygen and exposure to higher temperatures resulting from microbial decomposition in the nest.

Sucesso de eclosão da tartaruga-oliva em função da abundância de micróbios na areia do ninho em Ostional, Costa Rica

Diversos estudos sugerem que micróbios causam mortalidade significativa de embriões, e que as altas cargas microbianas derivam da decomposição de ovos quebrados por tartarugas que fazem ninhos mais tarde que as outras. É comum que isto ocorra quando a densidade de ninhos é alta, especialmente durante eventos de nidificação em massa (arribadas). No entanto, não há estudos quantificando diretamente a abundância de micróbios e seus efeitos sobre o sucesso de eclosão da tartaruga marinha em uma praia de nidificação. O objetivo deste estudo foi testar a hipótese de que a abundância de micróbios na areia afeta o sucesso de eclosão dos ninhos de tartaruga-oliva em Ostional, Costa Rica. Tratamentos experimentais foram aplicados para modificar a abundância de micróbios na areia para onde os ninhos foram relocados. Durante todo o período de incubação, monitoramos a temperatura, o nível de oxigênio e o conteúdo de matéria orgânica. Além disso, quantificamos a abundância de micróbios na areia do ninho usando uma análise molecular, a reação em cadeia da polimerase quantitativa (qPCR). O melhor tratamento para aumentar o sucesso de eclosão foi a remoção e reposição da areia do ninho. Houve uma correlação negativa entre o sucesso de eclosão e a abundância de fungos (cópias do gene fúngico 18S rRNA por grama de areia do ninho). A abundância de bactérias teve importância secundária sobre o sucesso de eclosão (cópias do gene bacteriano 16S rRNA por grama de areia do ninho). Nossos dados apoiam a hipótese de que a alta atividade microbiana é responsável pelo baixo sucesso de eclosão observado na praia Ostional. Além disso, o mecanismo parece ser a falta de oxigênio e a exposição a temperaturas mais altas causadas pela decomposição microbiana dentro do ninho.

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