Tatiana Barichello, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is making strides in the field of immunology psychiatry. With a background in pharmacy, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the study of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
A researcher with the Translational Psychiatry Program, Barichello explores ways to apply research to clinical practice in treating mental disorders. Much of her work is performed in a lab, looking closely at cells and how they respond to “intruders,” such as bacteria and viruses that must be fought off by the immune mechanisms within the brain. “By studying inflammation and seeing the patterns in pre-clinical animal models of psychiatry,” she says, “we are finding ways to apply these insights to treating humans.”
Barichello received her master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) from Federal University of Santa Catarina and earned her PhD in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) in from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, RS, Brazil. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2014, she was director of Pharmacy Faculty and professor of Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences at the University of Southern Santa Catarina, Criciúma, SC, Brazil. In addition, Barichello has been over 100 publications and has received several grants as a principal investigator.