photography by Hon Hoang
I am a Pediatric Hematology Oncologist at UCLA, and split my time between taking care of patients and performing research to find new approaches of immunotherapy for cancer. I graduated from Medical School in 1995, and was a clinician in Brazil, but restarted my career in the US to be part of the discovery of novel therapies for pediatric cancer. I have been at UCLA since 2009, where I find myself at a an institution where I can make a difference in the battle against cancer, translating scientific discoveries to patient care.
Our laboratory is investigating new methods to enhance the immune system on its fight against cancer. One of the approaches is through the modification of cells with the chimeric antigen receptors (CAR), to enable the immune cells to directly target and destroy cancer.
Fun Facts and Hobbies
I am a runner and a triathlete, and use sport to increase my stamina and endurance in the lab and hospital work.
Special thank you to Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Dr. Oliveira’s projects are supported by the UCLA Department of Pediatrics, NCI grant 1K23CA222659, American Society of Hematology Scholar Award, Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar Award, Miranda D. Beck Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Gwynne Hazen Cherry Memorial Fund, the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund, UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.