Nivea Voelkner, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Pharmacometric Services
Nivea Falcao Voelkner serves as Assistant Director, Pharmacometrics within the Cognigen division. She has experience in the Population Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics Modeling & Simulation field where she provides pharmacometrics services during preclinical and clinical phases of Drug Discovery and Development.
Dr. Voelkner has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry Pharmacy with a specialization in clinical analysis and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in tropical diseases. After her internships in one of America’s Top 5 Colleges of Pharmacy, Nivea obtained her Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Florida (2015) under the supervision of Dr. Hartmut Derendorf, where she gained experience in microdialysis technique, clinical pharmacology, and pharmacometrics.
In addition, she took part in pre-clinical neuropharmacology studies in Parkinson’s disease as a postdoctoral research associate at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago. Moving abroad, she started a postdoctoral position in Pharmacokinetics, where she developed PopPK-PD modeling and simulations using NONMEM software for biological agents in a collaborative network between Sanquin Research, Reade Institute, Netherlands Cancer Institute, and UMC in the Netherlands. Nivea also joined PD-value, a pharmacometrics consulting company in The Netherlands as a PK-PD modeling consultant where she performed translational PK-PD from pre-clinical to clinical, as well as between indications, populations, and formulations for a variety of clients, to support clinical decisions using Pharmacometrics approaches.
Dr. Voelkner is a supportive team player with a broad scientific background from her pharmaceutical studies in Brazil, the United States of America, and The Netherlands. She is very dedicated to her professional career and eager to learn more in her field. Living in various countries in the past twelve years, Dr. Voelkner is appreciative of other cultures and grateful every day for her career growth.