Expertise and main lines of R&D in biotechnology at UNIFESP, São Jose dos Campos (Group Leaders)

André Zelanis ( André Zelanis is a biochemist. He is heavily involved with the research field of proteomics and mass spectrometry. His main lines of research are related to bioinformatical and proteomic analysis of proteins secreted by cancerigenous cells.

Claudia Campos ( – Claudia Campos is a biochemist and molecular and cellular biologist interested in cellular signaling related mechanisms of proliferation and differentiation of pathogenic fungi. Her main line of work focuses primarily on metabolic processes and the identification of targets of medical interest for the development of future drugs and antibiotics.

Daniela Luz ( – Daniela Luz research’s is strongly linked to R&D of MABs and MAB-fragments for diagnostic purposes and anti-cancer therapy. Formerly a visiting professor at UNIFESP, she now maintains a close link to UNIFESP, São José dos Campos working in her field at one of Brazil’s leading medical R&D facilities, the Butantan Institute, in São Paulo. ,

Danielle Maass ( – Danielle Maass is a biochemical engineer. Her main field of interest is bio-process development related to the treatment of industrial effluents. Currently she focuses in R&D of regeneration processes for metals by leaching mining and electronic waste.

Dayane Batista Tada ( – Dayane Tada is a chemist and researches in nanotechnology, as well as the development of nanomaterials, drug delivery systems, toxicity of nanomaterials and the development of nanostructures.

Elisa Esposito ( – Elisa Esposito’s main field of R&D is in environmental biotechnology. She is particularly interested in the association between microorganisms and plants and applications in the production of microbial inoculants that are beneficial for plant growth.

Elisabeth Augusto ( – Elisabeth Augusto works with R&D in bioprocess development to produce recombinant vaccines in cellular cultures.

Flávio Vieira Loures ( – Flávio Loures studies the mechanisms of immunity related to host-pathogen interactions of infectious fungi. He is currently particularly interested in the function myeloid-derived suppressor cells in the immunoregulation of paracoccidomycoses as a basis for the development of more effective therapies against important systemic fungal diseases.

João Marcos Batista ( – João Batista is an organic chemist. He is particularly interested in the study of the chirality of natural products and synthetic molecules by using circular vibrational dichroism and quantum chemical calculations.

José Geraldo Pradella ( – José Pradella is a chemical engineer with longtime experience in Brazilian companies. He was e.g. responsible for the development of a pilot plant for vaccine production at the Butantan Institute, in São Paulo. Besides working as a consultant, he is currently interested in the development of bio-processes for recombinant antibody fragments.

Kátia da Conceição ( – Katia Conceição is a biochemist. Her current area of interest is in silico design as well as bioprospection by analytical and functional characterization of natural peptides with antimicrobial and antitumorigenic properties.

Luciane Portas Capelo ( – Luciane Capelo works with tissue engineering and developmental biology of bone tissue.

Michael Brito ( – Michael Brito works with transgenic crops. He is currently studying R&D of expression systems for recombinant biopharmaceuticals in plants.

Martin Wurtele ( – Martin Wurtele is a biochemist and structural biologist. His main lines of interest are currently antiviral drug-design using biochemical screening, x-ray crystallography and molecular modeling techniques.

Group leaders of the biotechnology graduate program from UNIFESP, São Paulo and Diadema

Alexandre Tashima ( – Alexandre Tashima is a biochemical engineer. He currently is interested in proteomics, peptidomics and mass spectrometry analytics. Besides being head of a multiuser mass spectrometry facility at UNIFESP, one of his current projects is focused on the characterization and development of MABs for the treatment of Covid-19.

Aparecida Tanaka ( – Aparecida Tanaka has a solid curriculum in research, prospection and analysis of molecules with biotechnological potential from vectors of diseases transmitted by insects. Using the phage display technique, she currently focuses on the functional and structural analysis of molecular inhibitors of proteases as well as anti-hemostatic agents.

Ileana Rubió ( – Ileana Rubió is a geneticist who works with genetic disorders related to the endocrine system.

Michelle Manfrini ( – Michelle Manfrini is a dedicated researcher in the field of environmental biotechnology. She currently focuses on food security and nutrition aspects by developing protein artificial fermented diets for honey bees.

Renata Pascon ( – Renata Pascon is a geneticist that investigates the biochemical bases of pathogen-host interactions, focusing on generation of OMG to study the primary metabolism and cellular signaling of Cryptococcus neoformans, in search for molecular targets for antifungal drug design.