Originally from Latin America, Vini was born in Brazil to Portuguese parents and retains dual nationality for the two countries. Academically, he completed formal Residency Training in Veterinary Pathology at Michigan State university, he holds a DVM and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Janssen R&D, he was a Senior Pathologist at Vet Path Services (VPS in Mason, OH), where he spent almost 5 years serving as a Study Pathologist for nonclinical safety assessment studies. Prior to VPS, he spent over a year at MPI Research (now CRL Mattawan) as part of his combined training in Toxicologic Pathology.
Vini is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) as well as a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). He is very passionate about science of toxicologic pathology, with a strong publication record in toxicologic and comparative pathology, developmental and cardiovascular toxicologic pathology, and animal models of human diseases. He volunteers as a scientific reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and is an active member of multiple committees in professional toxicology and toxicologic pathology organizations, within and outside North America, and is avidly invested in training and career development and outreach.