Alessandra Barbosa

  • Senior User Experience Designer at Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • User Experience Architect at Konrad+King
  • Interaction Designer at Sally Ride Science


University of California, San Diego, Bachelor’s Degree, Cognitive Science (specialization in Human Computer Interaction)

Public Profile



Digital product designer and researcher with 8+ years experience designing desktop and mobile applications for the education, enterprise software, startup, and now biotechnology spaces. Accomplished in the design and implementation of quality interactive experiences at each phase of the design cycle, from user research to prototypes and market release. Proven ability to think strategically and collaborate across teams to deliver product visions in alignment with high-level business objectives and user centered methodologies. UX Design Portfolio: STRATEGY & PLANNING User interviews Competitive analysis Persona development Workshop facilitation Usability testing PRODUCT DESIGN Information architecture Wireframing User flows Prototyping Visual design TOOLS Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign Axure Invision Sketch HTML5, CSS3, jQuery


  • Senior User Experience Designer

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    July 2016 – Present(3 years 3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science with approximately 70,000 employees worldwide. As a member of the Product Design and Experience group, I work to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer by building best in class software tools and instruments for scientific researchers, clinicians, and laboratories around the world.

  • User Experience Architect


    May 2015 – February 2016(9 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Konrad+King is a 7-person design and product strategy firm whose clients include BMC, Kelley Blue Book, Mitchell International and San Diego State University. • Conducted user research and usability testing to connect customer insights with innovative business opportunities. Presented core research findings to diverse client groups. • Created interactive prototypes and design systems to visualize product concepts. • Co-facilitated design thinking workshops to develop solutions to complex problems across multiple business units.

  • Interaction Designer

    Sally Ride Science

    June 2013 – May 2015(1 year 11 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Sally Ride Science is a 30 person company dedicated to inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through engaging products and national educational initiatives. • Digital design lead for the comprehensive release of four new educational products for student and educator audiences. Established design direction and strengthened digital footprint by advocating for user-centered research methodologies to drive product development. • Supported product initiatives by collaborating with internal teams to update web site messaging and build marketing campaigns around user data and web analytics. • Wrote front-end production code for cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility.

  • Web Designer

    Sally Ride Science

    April 2011 – June 2013(2 years 2 months)

    • Produced web content, graphics and interactive media for Sally Ride Science websites and related NASA educational programs. • Assisted in the design and development of a new eCommerce store, an online social network for teachers and an eLearning digital books platform.


  • University of California, San Diego

    Bachelor’s Degree, Cognitive Science (specialization in Human Computer Interaction)

    2006 – 2010

    Minor in Ethnic Studies

    Activities and Societies

    Provost’s Honors. Resident Advisor, 6th College Residential Life (2009-2010). President and Co-Founder, Mixed Student Union (2009-2010). Member, Cognitive Science Student Association (2008-2010). Information Assistant, EDNA (2007-2010). Community Engagement Coordinator, Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Retention (2007-2008). Tutor, UCSD Math & Sciences Tutorial Program (2006-2007).

  • Startup Leadership Program

    2014 – 2015

    Startup Leadership Program is a highly selective, 8-month training program for aspiring entrepreneurs. A rigorous course curriculum educates individuals at all levels of startup maturity with guidance from mentors, VCs, industry experts and local executives. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1000 successful startups & raised more than $450M in funding. I was fortunate to be part of the 2014-2015 San Diego Chapter Cohort.


  • English

  • Portuguese

  • Spanish

Skills & Expertise

  • CSS
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • Information Architecture
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Sketch App
  • Wireframes
  • User Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Curriculum Design
  • User Experience Design
  • User Experience Testing
  • Research
  • User-centered Design
  • InDesign
  • Interaction Design
  • Usability Testing
  • Photoshop
  • Usability
  • Persona
  • HTML5
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Front-end Development
  • Visual Design
  • Social Media
  • Responsive Web Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Mobile Interaction Design
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Agile Methodologies
  • User Experience


  • UX Design Tools: Axure, License C468A8

    September 2015

  • Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design

    NovoEd, License 12587f2d526c99

    August 2015 – October 2015

  • Design Kit: Facilitator’s Guide

    NovoEd, License 18057f2d526c99

    February 2016 – May 2016

  • User Experience Metrics

    UC San Diego Extension, License

    June 2018

Honors & Awards

  • 1st Place Winner

    Startup Weekend San Diego

    August 2014

  • NASA Group Achievement Award: GRAIL MoonKAM Mission Operations




  • San Diego UX Speakeasy

    Member Interactions Committee Member

    2014 – 2015

  • Startup Leadership Program


    2014 – 2015

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Web Assistant

    Animal Rescuers Without Borders (ARWOB)

    July 2011 – July 2012(1 year)Animal Welfare

    Updated and maintained web site content and animal adoption profiles.

Causes Alessandra cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Services