2017-2020: Ph.D. in Microbiology. UNESP.
Research Project: Diversity and distribution of cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts from Caatinga biome based on polyphasic taxonomy and metagenomic analysis. Main Activities: Morphological analysis and molecular analysis through
2014-2016: MSc in Microbiology. Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Sao
Research project: Diversity of cyanobacteria in biological crusts and evaluation of cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic profile.
Bachelor of Biological Sciences
2010-2013: Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Sao Paulo/Brazil
Research Assistant at School of Biological, Earth
Environmental Sciences – University of New South Wales
Set 2019 – July 2020:
Working on two different projects:
- Cyanobacterial bioencapsulation for restoring degraded drylands.
- Novel approaches for harnessing native soil microbial communities to restore biodiverse degraded ecosystems in drylands.
Practicum Student at School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Aug 2019 – July 2021:
Research project: Conservation of threatened native plants with cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts
Visitor Student at Ferran Garcia-Pichel’s Lab – Arizona State University
Jan 2016 - July 2016
Research project: Diversity and ecology of cyanobacteria of biological soil crusts in Brazilian savannah.
Nathali Machado de Lima has a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, master’s in microbiology and degree in Biological Sciences from Sao Paulo State University. She spent a period as Visitor Student at Arizona State University developing the project “Diversity and ecology of cyanobacteria of biological soil crusts in Brazilian savannah” and another year as a Practicum Student at the University of New South Wales (Australia), developing the project: "Conservation of threatened native plants with cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts”.
The leading of all these projects built her expertise in taxonomy, ecology and phylogeny of cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts, through culture-dependent and independent techniques, and all the necessary bioinformatics skills for data analysis. Also, skills in the development of cyanobacteria for applications aiming conservation and restoration of threatened environments, as well, the identification of products produced by these organisms (cyanobacterial bioprospection).
Six publications in journals, six publications in scientific events, twelve poster presentations, two cosupervision of undergraduate students in honours.
Building capacity for resilience & recovery of threatened ecological communities - Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Australian Government
Cyanobacterial bio-encapsulation for restoring degraded drylands - Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA)