Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures
- 1995-1996: Postdoctoral research studying Transmission Electron Microscopy of Magnetic Nanocrystalline Phases with Dr. Gareth Thomas, University of California at Berkeley and the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- 1992: Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Thesis title: “Magnetic Properties and Microstructure of Rapidly Quenched Fe-6.4wt%Si Alloy” with Dr. Frank P. Missell, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 2001-2004: Scientist at Nanomix, Inc., Emeryville, CA
- 1999-2000: Materials Science Instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
- 1986-1998: Staff Engineer at Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Expertise and Research Interests
Virginia offers support to Foundry users and staff on scanning and transmission electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopic techniques and surface analysis by XPS and UPS for the study of inorganic, organic and biological nanostructures.
Virginia’s current research focuses on understanding how materials’ atomic structure and chemistry affects performance of novel superconducting qubit circuits. Her work aims to identify the microscopic origin of TLS defects and correlate performance of qubit circuit elements such as resonators and Josephson junctions, with microscopic materials properties. Virginia’s ultimate goal is to mitigate decoherence arising from surfaces and interfaces to increase qubit coherence times.