Dr. Tagide deCarvalho is the director of the Keith. R. Porter Imaging Facility (KPIF) at UMBC.  Dr. deCarvalho obtained a PhD in Behavior, Evolution, Ecology and Systematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She moved into the field of behavioral neuroscience as a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Marnie Halpern’s laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore. As a NIH NRSA fellow, she examined the development of an evolutionarily conserved area of the brain, the habenula, employing a variety of microscopy techniques to collect neuroanatomical data. She then incorporated her passion for microscopy into courses as teaching faculty at Georgetown University until she took over management of the KPIF in 2016. She has extensively reorganized and expanded the imaging facilities, overseeing the purchase and installation of several major instruments including TEM, confocal and a flow cytometer.  In addition to her administrative work, she actively collaborates on research projects and has co-authored several publications. She is particularly interested in teaching microscopy and developed an upper-level laboratory course on “Microscopy and Imaging Techniques”  and has worked with at least 15 different institutions on their SEA-PHAGE courses (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) by obtaining transmission electron micrographs of student bacteriophage samples. Dr. deCarvalho also works at the intersection between art and science, and has produced images for UMBC faculty art pieces, as well as textbooks, a poster and calendar. She currently serves on the board as president elect of the Chesapeake Microscopy and Microanalysis Society.


International Photomicrography Awards


Photomicrography Publications & Exhibits

  • USPS Life Magnified stamp series
  • Invertebrates (4th Edition), Brusca, Moore, & Shuster, Tardigrade figure, In Press
  • NASA Explore Science Calendar, May, 2022
  • Science as Art installation, Biotech Commons, UPenn, 2021
  • Raaz art installation, F. Hamidi, et. al., Livewire & BUGGS, 2021
  • Defining the Line Between Art and Science, Nerd Nite Baltimore, 2019
  • UMBC Campus Microcosmos poster, UMBC Bookstore, 2018
  • Invasive Material art installation, S. Bradley & deCarvalho, Light City Baltimore, 2018

Peer Reviewed Publications

Mascolo, E., Adhikari S., Caruso S.M., deCarvalho T., Folch Salvador A., Serra-Sagristà J., Young R., Erill I., Curtis, P. D. 2022. The transcriptional regulator CtrA controls gene expression in Alphaproteobacteria phages: Evidence for a lytic deferment pathway. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13.

Stamato, L, E. Higgins, M.H. Prottoy, N. S. Asgarali-Hoffman, L. Scheifele, L. Dusman, T.N. deCarvalho, T. Ascencao and F. Hamidi. 2022. Raaz: A Transdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of bioart, HCI, and community engagement. Frontiers in Computer Science, 4.

Solley, KD, Berges A, Diaz C, Ostrander BT, Ding AS, Larson SA, Frank K, Lee D, Guerrero J, deCarvalho T, Ruppel E 3rd, Haileyesus A, Dou Y, Schweitzer S, Pramanik S, Yazdi Y and KS Parikh. 2021. Evaluation of efficacy, efficiency, and cell viability of a novel descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty graft preparation device, DescePrep, in nondiabetic and diabetic human donor corneas. Cornea, 41 (4): 505-511.

Karachiwalla, Z., deCarvalho, T.N., and M. Burns. 2020. Spermathecal variation in temperate Opiliones. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icaa120.

Monge, E. C., Levi, M., Forbin, J. N., Legesse, M. D., Udo, B.A., deCarvalho, T.N. and J.G. Gardner. 2020. High-throughput screening of environmental polysaccharide-degrading bacteria using biomass containment and complex insoluble substrates. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology,104: 3379-3389.

Caruso, S. M., deCarvalho, T.N., Huynh, A., Morcos, G., Kuo, N., Parsa, S and I. Erill 2019. A Novel Genus of Actinobacterial Tectiviridae. Viruses, 11 (12): 1134.

Arkorful M., K. Gazo, A. Zweig, L. Ott, T. Mendelson, and T.N. deCarvalho. 2018. Larger sperm size may contribute to reproductive isolation between Etheostoma species. Journal of Young Investigators, 35 (6): 92-96. Note: This is a student-edited journal.

deCarvalho, T.N., A. Subedi, J. Rock, B.D. Harfe, C. Thisse, B. Thisse, M. E. Halpern and E. Hong. 2014. Neurotransmitter map of the asymmetric dorsal habenular nuclei of zebrafish. Genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development, 52: 636-­655.

deCarvalho, T.N., C. M. Akitake, C. Thisse, B. Thisse and M.E. Halpern. 2013. Aversive cues fail to activate fos expression in the asymmetric olfactory-­‐habenula pathway of zebrafish. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 7

deCarvalho, T.N., D.J. Fergus, R.C. Bell and K. L Shaw. 2012. Rhythmic male reproductive behavior controls timing of courtship and mating in Laupala cerasina. 2012. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66: 1333-­‐1340.

McCarthy, E., Y. Wu, T.N. deCarvalho, C. Brandt, G. Cao and M.N. Nitabach. 2011. Synchronized bilateral synaptic inputs to Drosophila melanogaster neuropeptidergic rest/arousal neurons. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31: 8181-­93.

Fergus, D.J, T.N. deCarvalho and K.L. Shaw. 2010. Genetically regulated temporal variation of novel courtship elements in the Hawaiian cricket genus Laupala. Behavior Genetics, 41: 607-­614.

deCarvalho, T.N. and K.L. Shaw. 2010. Nuptial gifts enhance sperm transfer in the Hawaiian swordtail cricket, Laupala cerasina. Animal Behaviour, 79: 819-­826.

deCarvalho, T.N and K.L Shaw. 2010. Divergence of courtship and mating behaviors among endemic Hawaiian swordtail crickets. Behaviour, 147: 479-­504.

Danley, P.D, T.N. deCarvalho, D.J. Fergus and K.L. Shaw. 2007. Reproductive asynchrony and the divergence of Hawaiian crickets. Ethology, 113: 1125-1132.

deCarvalho, T.N .and  D. Otte. 2006. Three new species of the cricket genus Trigonidium in Hawaii (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Trigonidiinae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 155: 29-­34.

deCarvalho, T.N. and K.L. Shaw. 2005. Nuptial feeding of spermless spermatophores in the Hawaiian swordtail cricket, Laupala pacifica. Naturwissenschaften, 92: 483-487.

deCarvalho, T.N., P.J. Watson & S.A. Field. 2004. Costs increase as ritualized fighting progresses within and between phases in the sierra dome spider, Neriene litigiosa. Animal Behaviour, 68: 473-­482.

Otte, D., T.N. deCarvalho and K.L. Shaw. 2003. Two new introduced species of Trigonidiinae recorded from Maui and Hawaii (Grylloidea, Gryllidae, Trigonidiinae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 73: 47-­53.

Gannon W.L., R.E. Sherwin, T.N. deCarvalho and M.J. O’ Farrell. 2001. Pinnae and echolocation call differences between Myotis californicus and M. ciliolabrum (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Acta Chiropterologica, 3: 77-­91.