Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Director of the Brazilian Academy Sciences
Brazilian physicist studying through theory and simulations the thermodynamic and dynamic behavior of complex fluids such as water, charged colloids and biomolecules. Her group addresses questions such as how the anomalous behavior of confined water can be used to understand biological and geological systems and can be employed as the building blocks of strategies of water desalination. In addition, she is also involved in understanding the gender unbalance in exact sciences. For her work in water she received the 2013 Loreal-Unesco prize on women in Physical Sciences and for her work on gender she got the 2009 Nicholson Medal from the American Physical Society.