Brettania Lopes is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she is focusing on infectious diseases. Brettania received a Bachelor's degree in biology from George Mason University; a graduate certificate in international health policy and a MPH degree in environmental and occupational health from The George Washington University. Brettania's Master's thesis research was done in Brazil where she studied maternal parasitic infections and infant health outcomes. After earning her Master's degree, Brettania spent 2 years in Europe studying how global chemical use and environmental contamination affect human and wildlife health in the Arctic region. Brettania is currently interested in studying associations between land-use change, climate change and infectious diseases in general but especially in the Brazilian Amazon region. Brettania is also interested in studying how ecosystem changes affect the health of both wildlife and humans. In her free time, Brettania likes to travel to Brazil with her husband, visit family, horseback ride and hike.