Luzia initially joined IDDO in September 2019 as a graduate intern for six months before joining as a Programme Manager for the schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) theme. In 2021 she moved into her new role as Data Scientist for the same theme.
Her previous experience organising and leading a series of large surveys on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), particularly for Lymphatic filariasis (LF) and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) in Timor-Leste gave Luzia the passion to pursue her career in the area of NTDs at IDDO. In the past, she was also involved in a study of other gastrointestinal diseases, including rotavirus in Timor-Leste, which prompted the government to introduce rotavirus vaccine in the country.
Luzia initially trained in Biotechnology in Medicine, at the University of Westminster in London, then completed her first MSc in Medicine (Infection & Immunity) at the University of Sydney, Australia. She completed her second MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford.