Cristina has a Pharmacist degree and a masters in Microbiology. She is a researcher and head of the Bacteriology and Bioassay Laboratory at Evandro Chagas Clinical Institute at FIOCRUZ (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation). Cristina oversees AIDS Clinical Trials Group lab activities. Her research is focused on mycobacteria, and has established a platform to search for new agents active against MTB, as well as validate new methodologies for TB diagnostics. She has participated in several projects coordinating laboratory assays. In RePORT-Brazil, she is a consultant to all of the microbiology laboratories and oversee all mycobacteria-related procedures for the consortia.