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Dr Ana Bouças

PhD Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil; MSc UFRGS, Brazil; BBiomedSc IPA, Brazil

  • Technical Officer, Molecular Biology, Thompson Institute
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Dr Ana Bouças works as a technical officer in the Molecular Biology laboratory at USC's Thompson Institute

Ana supports a range of pilot projects that are investigating molecular biomarkers of PTSD, depression and suicidality in ketamine clinical trials. Her work involves the transport and preparation of plasma samples prior to analytical processing. In addition, Ana offers support to other studies across the Thompson Institute including its Healthy Brain Ageing and Eating Disorders research programs.

Ana’s interests transcend molecular biology, genetic markers and neuroimaging to better understand the neurobiological underpinnings of mental disorders.

Ana completed her Masters at the Medical School of the University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in 2013 and a PhD in 2016. Following her graduation Ana was a researcher at the UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil where she collaborated across various studies.

Professional memberships

  • Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution
  • Society for Mental Health research

Higher degree research opportunities

The molecular biology platform underpins the Thompson Institute's programs, investigating molecular biomarkers of PTSD, depression, suicidality, eating disorders and dementia.

This platform integrates molecular biology into neuroimaging-based mental health research programs

The research opportunities in this area include investigating inflammatory and endothelial markers and their association with mental disorders.

Research scholarships


Funding body



Doctor of philosophy Scholarship

Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Brazil.


Molecular Endocrinology

Master of Science Scholarship

Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Brazil.


Molecular Endocrinology

Research areas

  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Healthy brain ageing and dementia
  • Eating disorders

Dr Ana Bouças is a Biomedical Scientist and her specialist areas of knowledge include Molecular and Cellular Biology. She works across major studies at the Thompson Institute including its ketamine clinical trials, healthy brain ageing and eating disorders research programs.

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