Márcia Aparecida Sperança is an associate professor at the Center for Natural and Human Sciences at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil. She earned her Ph.D. in the Biology of Parasite-Host Interaction from the Parasitology Department at the Biomedical Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Sperança then worked as an assistant professor and researcher at Marilia Medical School, Brazil. Her scientific expertise lies in the diagnosis, molecular biology, and epidemiology of arboviruses, the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, malaria parasites, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and COVID-19. Since 2009, Dr. Sperança has been the head of the Laboratory of Pathogenic Agents at UFABC.