Dr Fernanda Caldas Cardoso

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience


Dr Fernanda Cardoso completed her MSc in Pharmacology (2002) and PhD in Immunology (2008) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2008 Dr Cardoso joined the Queensland Institute for Medical Research in Brisbane holding a prestigious CAPES Postdoctoral Fellowship to develop therapies to treat infectious diseases. During this period, she developed unique HTS platforms to identify key molecules for therapy development to combat schistosomiasis and malaria. In 2011, Dr Cardoso joined the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ to develop therapies to treat unattainable complex diseases such as chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, epilepsy and motor neuron disease. Dr Cardoso is currently part of the Centre for Pain Research and Prof Richard Lewis’ group. She manages a number of industry and academia projects studying ion channels modulators from animal toxins and development of novel drugs.

Research Interests

  • Chronic and neuropathic pain - Mechanisms of pain and Therapeutics development
  • Motor Neuron Disease - Therapeutics development
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Therapeutics development
  • Natural Peptides Chemistry and Biology
  • Spider and Cone snails venoms peptides
  • Development of high throughput screen platforms for drug discovery
  • Sodium channels (Nav)
  • Calcium channels - Low voltage T-type calcium channels

Research Impacts

Dr Fernanda Cardoso's research has provided remarkable insights in the discovery biology of vaccines against tropical diseases, as well as in the identification of new agents for therapeutical use in complex disorders such as chronic pain and irritable bowel syndrome. Her discovery in vaccine research has the potential to improve the lifes of milllions of people in Africa, Asia and South America through a vaccine against schistosomiasis., and her research in ion channels modulators has provided unique leads for treating neuropthic pain disorders which could improve the lifes of at least 10% of the world population.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Masters of Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


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Book Chapter

  • Lewis, Richard J., Vetter, Irina, Cardoso, Fernanda C., Inserra, Marco and King, Glenn (2015). Does nature do ion channel drug discovery better than us?. In Brian Cox and Martin Gosling (Ed.), Ion channel drug discovery (pp. 297-313) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi:10.1039/9781849735087-00297

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.