Paulo Arruda, PhDGeneral Coordinator
Paulo Arruda is full Professor of the Department of Genetics at the Institute of Biology, University of Campinas. His research interests are directed towards understanding the regulation of gene expression and its impact on amino acid metabolism and stress response.
Katlin B. Massirer, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Katlin´s investigates RNA regulation including chemical inhibitors for splicing kinases, RNA binding proteins related to stress granule formation, microRNAs and the development of computational tools. Pharmacist, PhD and post-doc in Genetics and Bioinformatics from UCSD, USA, researcher at CBMEG/UNICAMP.
Rafael Couñago, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Together with academic and industry partners, Rafael's research group at CQMED develops chemical tools to facilitate the discovery of new therapeutic targets for human diseases. Rafael obtained a MSc in Genetics (UFRJ) and a PhD in Biochemsitry and Cell Biology (Rice University, USA), and worked as a research scientist in laboratories the US, New Zealand, and Australia before coming back home and joining CQMED in 2015.
Mário H Bengtson, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Mários’s is dedicated to understand the translational regulation of gene expression through quality control of protein synthesis and physiological regulation of gene expression. PhD in Biochemistry from USP, (2002), postdoc in Genomics Institute of Novartis Foundation (2006) and Scripps Research Institute (2012).
Fabio Papes, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Fabio is interested in understanding how neural systems work at the cellular and molecular levels. He is Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology and was a research fellow at Harvard University and Scripps Research. Since 2008 he is professor at the Department of Genetics from the Institute of Biology, University of Campinas.
Bruno Amaral, PhDResearch Scientist
Bruno has experience in affinity-based screening assays for ligand prospecting and liquid chromatography. He obtained his MSc in Chemistry from UNESP (2015) and PhD in Science (Chemistry) from UFSCar (2019).
Gabriela Alves, PhDResearch Scientist
Gabriela is a postdoc with molecular, animal and cellular biology background. Her research area includes the study of RNA-binding proteins and the implementation of tumorigenic assays. She obtained her MSc (2016) and PhD (2020) in Applied Biochemistry from UFV.
Jessica Takarada, PhDResearch Scientist
Jessica’s research is focused on analog-sensitive kinases to tray kinase substrates and discover their pathways in cells. She obtained her degree in Biotechnology from Federal University of Alfenas (2014) and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy (2017).
Lucas de Souza, PhDResearch Scientist
Lucas's research is biochemical and structural characterization of understudied human methyltransferases aiming to reveal their biological function. He obtained MSc in Science and Technology/Chemistry from UFABC (2013) and PhD in Biosystems from UFABC (2017).
Micael R. Cunha, PhDResearch Scientist
Micael has experience in medicinal chemistry. His work comprises the design and optimization of small molecules and chemical probes for different targets. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of São Paulo, in collaboration with the Universität Bern (2019).
Taniris Cafiero Braga, PhDRESEARCH SCIENTIST
Taniris’s research is focused on the synthesis of small molecules for drug discovery. She obtained her PhD. (2019) in organic chemistry from Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a postdoc (2021) in organic synthesis at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. Her research interests are in the field of catalysis, enzyme inhibitors, and medicinal chemistry.
Priscila Zonzini, PhDResearch Scientist
Priscila is interested in studying protein kinases to identify and validate therapeutic targets for neglected tropical diseases. She obtained her MSc (2012) and PhD (2016) in Genetics and Molecular Biology from UNICAMP and worked in collaboration with Hospital Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, Spain (2014).
Vitor Medeiros, PhDResearch Scientist
Vitor is researching the protein LMTK3 as a possible target for cancer treatment. He is a pharmacist, obtained his MSc and PhD in Biochemistry at USP with an internship at Yale University. He has experience with enzymology and structural biology
Angélica Hollunder Klippel, MScPHD. Student
Angélica is studying the protein deoxyhypusine synthase as a possible target for neglected tropical diseases treatment. She has experience in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. She is a pharmacist and obtained her MSc in Biosciences and Biotechnology applied to Pharmacy at UNESP.
Ítalo Esposti, MScPhD. Student
Ítalo activities include solution preparation and transfections, maintenance of eukaryotic cell culture, high-throughput cloning, large-scale protein expression and purification, target engagement assays and immunocytochemistry to analyze the effects of inhibitors. He is graduated in Biological Sciences from UENF, Brazil and MSc. in Structural and Cell Biology from UFV, Brazil.
Gabriel Vieira ValderramaPHD. Student
Gabriel started as a technician in CQMED in June 2017. He got his bachelor degree in Pharmacy from the UNIP, Brazil. His activities include experiments in qPCR and PCR, cell culture maintenance, cell culture room organization, preparation of solutions and more.
Heloisa PradoMasters Student
Heloisa has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from UNICAMP. She has experience in mental health research and is currently conducting research in the area of RNA and drug discovery as a masters student at CQMED.
Renan Vinicius de AraujoMASTERS STUDENT
Renan is searching for novel chemical probes for kinases employing fragment screening. He obtained his BSc. degree from University of São Paulo (2020) with internships at University of Groningen (2016) and University of Copenhagen (2019). He is also interested in science communication, having published the book "Super-heróis da ciência" (2021).
Carolina Nunes SantoMASTERS STUDENT
Carolina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from UFRGS. She has experience on epigenetic modulation of glioblastomas and now her focus in on identification of new targets for Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome therapy.
Israel VasconcelosPHD. Student
Israel has a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedicine and MSc. in Biochemistry from USP. He started as a technician at CQMED in February 2021 and currently is a PhD student involved on research about co-translational quality control of proteins.
Gabriele Celis SilvaTechnical Training Fellow
Technician at CQMED since March, 2021. Gabriele has a Bachelor's degree in Biomedicine from UNIRP, with license in Clinical Pathology. Had previous experience with animal models of ASD and temporal lobe epilepsy.
Nathalia Zocal, MScProject Manager
Nathalia works on project management, financial implementation and management of public and private projects. She obtained her degree in Biotecnology from UNISO, Brazil (2011) and MSc. in Medical Sciences from UNICAMP (2014)
Paula Malloy, MScProject Manager
Paula works on strategic innovation management and project management at CQMED. She obtained her degree in Biology, from PUC-MG (2005), MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from UNIFESP (2009), and MBA in Project and innovation management from IETEC (2012), 10 years of experience in R&D management.
Marcella Braga, PhDLab Manager
Marcella Braga is the laboratory manager at CQMED. She has a PhD. in Molecular Biology from UNIFESP, and a MSc in Biophysics from UFRJ. Marcella is in charge of biosafety, equipment maintenance/training, besides coordinating the team technician.
Carolina C. de Mello Freitas, PhDPurchase Manager
Carolina is in charge of all lab purchases. She has experience in chemistry and pharmacy labs for 2 years, including chromatography techniques and pharmacological analysis. She got her PhD and MSc degree in Plant Biology (University of Campinas).
Paula Drummond, PhDCommunication Manager
Paula is motivated by making science attractive to different audiences. She’s been writing about science since 2013. Biologist, specialist in science communication, PhD in Science and Technology Policy and post doc in Science Dissemination at Labjor (Unicamp).
Bruno Ciro do NascimentoInformation Technology
Bruno is graduated in Informatics for Business Management at Paula Souza State Center for Technological Education (2010). He has experience in Computer Science, with an emphasis on Methodology and Computer Techniques.