Luiza graduated in Biology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Later, she pursued a Master of Sciences in Ecology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil. Both her undergrad and master thesis work were related with the social structure of Latin-American Guiana dolphins (Sotalia guianensis), on Sepetiba Bay, Rio de Janeiro.
Luiza worked as the leading scientist for the Guiana Dolphin Institute (Instituto Boto Cinza) in Rio de Janeiro and later as Marine Scientist at the international NGO Oceana in Brasília, Brazil. She is also a former student from the International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea).