Team:UFMG Brazil/Team



The Team

UFMG_Brazil Team


Alan Sales Barbosa

Bachelor in Science and education student in Biology at UFMG, he has experience with microbiology, immunology, cell biology and vascular physiology. Former vice president of the Junior Company of Biology - UFMG, is currently an undergraduate researcher in Angiogenesis Laboratory, Department of Physiology and Biophysics from Institute of Biological Sciences (ICB - UFMG). Alan likes natural sciences in general, from the basic research to the applied, including cell therapy, synthetic and system biology as well as science popularization projects. So, on iGEM_UFMG team, he has been engaged mainly with human practices and the eternal seeking for funding and sponsoring, being not able to put hands dirty on the experimental trek as much as he wished.

Carlos Alberto Xavier Gonçalves

Carlos is an undergraduate Biology student at UFMG, and also has some expertise with Computer Graphics. Because of that, he's been working both in the lab and behind the screen of his computer, aiding the team not only with his scientific knowledge and experience, but with his art skills as well. He plans on getting his degree this year, and already aims to follow up with a masters in Bioinformatics.

Júlio Leandro Martins

Júlio is a Computer Science student since 2011 at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG/Brazil) and scholarship holder at Immunochemistry Lab. He has a passion by biochemistry and immunology, specially to study, develop and apply computing methods to cope with problems in these areas. Keep your food away from him or you will never see it again! =P

Lucas Ribeiro

Hello, my name is Lucas, I'm a medical student at UFMG. I'm interested in human health in general and the new possibilities offered by synthetic biology.

Paola Giovana

Is graduated in Media at Centro Universitário UNA. Currently, Paola is an undergrad student in Product Design at UFMG. She is the one who made our beautiful logo and our brochure!

Raphael Jorge

Raphael is an undergraduate Biomedicine student at UFMG. Worked as undergraduate researcher in the lab of immunochemistry of protein being directed by Professor Liza Felicori. Turned to the field of synthetic biology, it was love at first sight. His desire is to follow this research field and, perhaps, become a teacher one day.


Fernando Carvalho da Silva Coelho

Fernando is a Bachelor in Computer Science and Master's degree Computer Science student at UFMG. An old fashioned programmer who uses a black and green terminal with Vim as his favorite text editor. He is passionate for Open Source software and the modern Web. His main skill is in Pythonic magic, for solving problems as quickly as possible.

Ítalo Faria do Valle

Ítalo is a Bachelor in Biological Sciences and is a masters degree student in Bioinformatics at UFMG. He is a big lover of molecular biology and a enthusiastic in using computational tools to understand biological phenomena. His main studies are about genomics and evolution of Trypanosoma cruzi, but the IGEM has awakened in him a big interest in synthetic biology and he is already thinking in follow his scientific career with this topic!

Marianna Kunrath Lima

Marianna is a master’s ­degree student in Biochemistry and Immunology at UFMG and her thesis is about DNA repair in Trypanosoma cruzi. She has great experience with molecular biology, which made her being a lab hero, sometimes literally chasing reagents and equipments to be used in CardBio’s experiments. Sometimes she is too down to earth, but the team remembers her that dreaming a little bit is good!

Clara Guerra Duarte

Clara is a postdoctoral fellow in the Immunochemistry laboratory at UFMG. She received her PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology from the UFMG in August of 2011. She has been the major adviser for UFMG's iGEM team this season. She's been primaraly involved in the project concept development and keeping the team motivated! :)


Liza Felicori

Dr. Liza Felicori is full professor in the Biochemistry and Immunology Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Her work is focused on protein-protein interactions application to diagnosis and therapeutics. Since 2008, she is working on the field of systems biology and synthetic biology. She is very enthusiastic with synthetic biology and very motivated to bring to light this field in the University through iGEM.

Santuza Teixeira

Is graduated in Biology by Universidade de Brasília (1982), has masters in Molecular Biology by Universidade de Brasília (1985) and PhD in Biochemistry by Universite de Lausanne, on Switzerland (1990). She did a post-doc internship at the University of Iowa (1991-1996). She is currently a titular professor at Department of Biochemistry and Immunology of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a member of INCTV. She was a researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (International Research Scholar). Has experience in research on Molecular Biology, working mainly with the subjects: Molecular Parasitology and Parasites Genomics, with emphasis on studies about genetic expression regulation, antigen discoveries, genetic variability and DNA repair on ''Trypanosoma cruzi''.

Omar Paranaíba

Is graduated in Computer Engineering by PUC-RJ (2003), has masters in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis in Methods Decision Support, by PUC-RJ (2006)and PhD in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis in Nanotechnology, by PUC-RJ(2009). Currently, Omar is a professor at Computer Science Department at UFMG, acting in Computer Nanotechnology. Has experience in A.I., Evolutionary Algorithms, Computer Architecture, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Computer Systems.

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