Giovannia Pereira, a chemist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Coimbra in Portugal, has been a lecturer in the Department of Fundamental Chemistry at the Federal University of Pernambuco since 2011. Her research focuses on nanotechnology, specifically the development of magneto-fluorescent nanoplatforms based on quantum dots (QDs). These heavy metal-free QDs are touted as a more efficient and environmentally friendly solution, with potential applications as luminescent markers in cytological studies. Outside the lab, Giovannia’s thoughts are often consumed by the miles of asphalt she’ll be running in the early hours of the next morning. Running has been a constant companion since her undergraduate days, shaping much of her scientific research by teaching her the value of perseverance and determination.