Erica Vieira, Ph.D.

Dr. Erica Vieira is an Independent Scientist in Molecular Neurobiology at the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute in CAMH and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is the Head of Cellular-Immune Interface in Neuropsychiatry-CeLIINe Lab.

Our Research Focus

Dr. Vieira’s lab is focused on conducting basic and translational research in neuroimmunology. The study of novel and traditional peripheral biomarkers contributes to advances in understanding the biological mechanism underlying mental and neurologic disorders through their association with clinical data, neuroimaging, and electrophysiology data. She has also investigated the role of extracellular vesicles, more specifically the neuronal-derived exosomes and astrocyte-derived exosomes, as potential biomarkers. The evolution of this work will facilitate the study of the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, functioning as “liquid brain biopsy,” allowing scientists to evaluate the molecular pathology of neurons or astrocytes using peripheral blood. Indeed, her expertise in peripheral biomarkers and cellular biology contributes directly to several projects at CAMH. Finally, she continues working on developing and perfecting novel methods and applying them to the neurobiology of severe mental disorders.

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