Carolina Feijao

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in biochemistry, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. in quantitive biology, Imperial College London; B.Sc. in cellular biology and biotechnology, University of Lisbon

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Carolina Feijao is a senior analyst working in the areas of science and emerging technology at RAND Europe. Feijao has performed quantitative and qualitative analysis for projects commissioned by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), THIS Institute, the Wellcome Trust, the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Norwegian Research Council. Her contributions have included literature and rapid evidence reviews, case studies, the development and analysis of surveys, stakeholder interviews, workshop facilitation, thematic analysis, process mapping, indicator development, and in-depth statistical analysis using R.

Previously, Feijao worked for Frontiers, an open access scientific publisher, where she led the launch of and managed three peer-reviewed journals: Sustainable Food Systems, Forests and Global Change and Sustainable Cities. She gained experience in policymaking through a placement at DEFRA and she has been a research associate for GenPol, a Cambridge-based think tank focusing on gender equality issues. She also participated in the Management of Technology and Innovation Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Feijao has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge which focused on crop biomass breakdown technologies for the bioenergy and food industries. She also has a M.Sc. degree in quantitative biology from Imperial College London where she worked on statistical models to assess the sustainability and feasibility of alternative meat production.  

Selected Publications

Feijao, Carolina, Isabel Flanagan, Christian Van Stolk, and Salil Gunashekar, The global digital skills gap: Current trends and future directions, RAND Corporation (RR-A1533-1), 2021

Marjanovic, Sonja, Carolina Feijao, Pharmaceutical Innovation for Infectious Disease Management: From Troubleshooting to Sustainable Models of Engagement, RAND Corporation (PE-A407-1), 2020

Feijao, C., Morreel, K., Anders, N., Tryfona, T., Busse-Wicher, M., Kotake, T. Boerjan, W., Dupree, P., "Hydroxycinnamic acid modified xylan side chains and their cross-linking products in rice cell walls are reduced in the Xylosyl arabinosyl substitution of xylan 1 mutant," The Plant Journal, 2021

Tryfona, T., Sorieul, M., Feijao C., Stott, K., Rubtsov, D. V., Anders, N. & Dupree, P., "Development of an oligosaccharide library to characterize the structural variation in glucuronoarabinoxylan in the cell walls of vegetative tissues in grasses," Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2019

Carvalho R. F., Feijao C. & Duque, P., "On the physiological significance of alternative splicing events in higher plants," Protoplasma, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 President's Award for Impact, RAND Europe