Aéja Marie Pinto

Aéja Marie Pinto


Dr. Marcelo Febo


College of Medicine


Journalism (specialization in Health Communication)/Pre-Health




[President of] Dream Team Engineering, Dream Team (volunteering)

Academic Awards

Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar, President’s List, Dean’s List, Bright Futures Scholarship Recipient, University Scholar 2021


I volunteer for Dream Team Volunteering, a non-profit organization that works with the patients in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Research Interests

neurodegenerative disorders, neuroplasticity, neurological biomarkers, neural engineering, cognitive neuroscience, movement disorders, neuropharmacology

Hobbies and Interests

thrifting, foreign films, writing music, reading French/Russian literature, running, hiking, trying out local coffee spots

Research Project

Brain Functional Network Biomarkers of Cognitive Impairment Transitions in Aging

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease that is most notably characterized by the presence of extracellular beta-amyloid plaques and tau proteins and its symptoms of dementia. Thus far there are no treatments to prevent the development of AD or stop its progression. Compounding the progress on therapeutic developments are elusive early-stage pre-AD biomarkers hidden within a span of decades before signs of cognitive impairment first appear. Because of these early-stage neurological biomarkers, network analysis of functional brain imaging data from participants at distinct stages of normal cognitive aging and cognitive decline, from mild to severe cognitive impairment, have been hypothesized to reveal unique pre-AD disease markers of progression. My research explores these biomarkers and the possibility of early diagnosis via identifiable biomarkers using an artificial intelligence (AI) approach. The overarching goal of my project is to determine which brain-wide and local regional measures of functional connectivity are significantly linked to specific stages of mild, moderate, and severe cognitive impairment. In applying a biomarker AI approach and network analysis, we expect that we can identify biomarkers effectively and hope to impact the future diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and apply this research to other neurodegenerative diseases in the future.