About Me

I am Plant Biologist, fascinated with plant physiology, molecular biology, and computational science.

I earned my Ph.D. in Genetics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2016). The main goal was to integrate plant biology and bioinformatics focusing on the study the differentially expressed genes under drought condition and on identifying mechanisms of response to this stress in castor beans.

After a year and a half working in a private company in Brazil, I joined Professor Thomas Girke Lab at UCR in 2017. My current research focuses on the development of computational data analysis methods for genome biology. My main interests are the development of integrated systems for NGS data analysis for R and Bioconductor open source software projects. The following gives a short summary of my career and the current projects.


PhD in Genetics

  • 2012 - 2016
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • The global study of differentially regulated transcriptome in the response and tolerance pathway to the drought stress in castor bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Advisor: Dr. Gilberto Sachetto-Martins
  • Scholarship from: CNPq and FAPERJ



Master's in Plant Physiology

* __2010 - 2012__ * Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil * Production, accumulation and exudation of organic acids on aluminum toxicity in *Stylosanthes*. * Advisor: Dr. José Cambraia * Scholarship from: CNPq



Bachelor's in Biological Sciences

* __2005 - 2010__ * Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil * Advisor: Dr. Marcos Antonio Bacarin * Scholarship from: FAPERGS and CNPq



Postdoctoral Researcher

  • 2017 – Current
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Position: ​Postdoctoral Researcher under Dr. Thomas Girke
  • Activities: ​Current research focuses on the development of computational data analysis methods for genome biology. Please, see more information here.



Molecular Biology Bioinformatic Scientist

* __2016 – 2017__ * *Biogenetika* * Conduct laboratory research in the areas of single nucleotide polymorphisms, DNA mutations, exomes sequencing and metagenomics. This involves data collection, DNA isolation, analysis and interpretation of results, including next generation sequencing data, bioinformatics analysis and writing reports.




  • systemPipeR is an R/Bioconductor package for building and running automated end-to-end analysis workflows for a wide range of next generation sequence (NGS) applications such as RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, VAR-Seq and Ribo-Seq. More infomation here: systemPipeR.



List of Publications

- [ResearchGate](https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniela_Cassol) - [GoogleScholar](https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SJKCmboAAAAJ&hl=en) - [Complete list of publications](img/publication.pdf)