TEAM

Meet our team of researchers at GCCRC

PROJECT LEADER

Meet our team of researchers at GCCRC

Paulo-Arruda
Paulo Arruda
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Paulo Arruda is Professor of the Department of Genetics at the Institute of Biology, State University of Campinas. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from State University of Campinas and has pioneered the area of plant molecular biology and plant genomics in Brazil. His research interests are directed towards understanding the regulation of gene expression and its impact on amino acid metabolism and on stress response. He has published over 100 scientific papers in international journals. Professor Arruda is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and The National Order of Scientic Merit of the Brazilian Republic Government. He has received Scientific and Technological Merit Award from the Government of State of São Paulo. Professor Arruda was co-founder and Scientific Director of the plant biotechnology company Alellyx Applied Genomics.

RESEARCHERS

Meet our team of researchers at GCCRC

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Damares de Castro Monte
Embrapa Digital Agriculture
Damares is a research scientist at Embrapa since 1989. She has background in gene discovery, functional analysis of genes, metabolic pathways genes and identification of gene expression promoters. At the GCCRC, Damares is in charge of innovation process, strategic partnerships and project funding.
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Fernanda Rausch Fernandes
Embrapa Digital Agriculture
At the GCCRC, Fernanda is mostly focused on the genotyping of transgenic plants and obtained by genome editing technologies. With background in Agronomy (Federal University of Lavras – UFLA/2002) and Phytopathology (Master UnB/2003; Doctorate UFV/2009), Fernanda is a research scientist at Embrapa since 2010.
Isabel-Gerhardt
Isabel Gerhardt
Embrapa Digital Agriculture
Isabel is a research scientist at Embrapa. She is the inventor of several patents related to the molecular control of secondary cell wall formation in trees. At the GCCRC, Isabel studies the genomes of rupestrian grasslands plants with the goal of identifying genes related to drought and heat tolerance.
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Juliana Teixeira Yassitepe
Embrapa Digital Agriculture
Ms. Yassitepe has experience in applying molecular and quantitative genetics approaches in eucalyptus and maize breeding programs (Fibria Celulose 2007-2011; University of Delaware/2011-2013) and is interesting in understanding the complex nature of plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses and the genetic and phenotypic adaptation to these intricate challenges.
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Márcio José da Silva
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Silva has experience in the area of genetics, with emphasis on Molecular Biology of Plants as gene expression, processing plants, proteins/oils reserves seeds and biofuels/biodiesel.
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Ricardo Augusto Dante
Embrapa Digital Agriculture
Ricardo is a research scientist at Embrapa since 2010. At the GCCRC, Ricardo is mostly focused on the discovery of genes that impart enhanced stress tolerance in crops, using approaches and tools such as comparative genomics, gene network analysis, genetic modification and genome editing.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Meet our team of postdoc researchers at GCCRC

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Alessandra Koltun
GCCRC
Alessandra’s overarching research goal is to interrogate the role played by abiotic-stress-related genes, mainly regarding mitochondrial metabolism, as well as investigate the function of other genes discovered in the GCCRC pipeline. She is an agronomist (UEL-2012), a master in Science (CENA/USP-2016), and a doctor in Genetics and Plant Breeding (UEM-2021). Alessandra has working experience in plant breeding, biotechnology, and genetic engineering.
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Jaderson Silveira Leite Armanhi
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Armanhi’s current research is related to plant microbiomes and microbial mechanisms involved in plant growth. On his PhD he has created innovative methods for construction and identification of microbial culture collections. Very recently he has also been focused on developing a real-time monitoring system for remote study of plant physiology aiming to investigate biotic and abiotic effects on plant physiology.
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José Hernandes
GCCRC
Hernandes allies bioinformatics and genome editing approaches seeking the discovery of new genes related to abiotic stress responses, with special focus on drought tolerance. He is also experienced in transposable elements expression as well as structural and molecular control of plant development.
Leticia´s main focus is on maize genetic transformation. She manages routines of plant transformation, in vitro cultivation (plants and tissue culture) and acclimatization of transformed plants. Leticia has experience on plant biotechnology and phisiology of abiotic stress responses.
Maísa Siqueira is agronomist and Ph.D. on Plant Physiology. Her research focuses on plant biotechnology, especially plant regeneration and genetic transformation. She is currently working on obtaining transgenic and genetically edited maize plants.
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Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Barreto is working on the discovery of possible regulators involved in plant mitochondrial biogenesis and stress response. He joined the UMIP GenClima team at 2014 working on gene discovery and gene expression cassette construction. Bachelor in Biotechnology from Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar (2010) and Ph.D. in Genetic and Molecular Biology from State University of Campinas – Unicamp (2014).
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Rafael Soares Correa de Souza
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Souza main research area regards to association mechanisms and functional role of plant colonizing microbiome. He has experience in building genome, sequencing and microbiome community analysis. He received his PhD on Genetics and Molecular Biology studying sugarcane bacteria and fungi community during the Saccharome Project.
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Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Viviane’s research interest is focused on the study of maize protein kinases involved with drought stress responses using multidisciplinary approaches that include genetic modification and genome editing.

PhD CANDIDATES

Meet our team of PhD Candidates at GCCRC

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Ana Lúcia Mendes Pinheiro
GCCRC
Ana Lúcia is a Biotechnologist (UNIFAL-MG/2018) and MSc. in genetics and plant breeding (ESALQ-USP/2021), with experience in metabolomics, proteomics and plant tissue culture. During her PhD, her research is focused on the study of lysine catabolism impact on maize stress responses.
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Barbara Bort Biazotti
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Biasotti is a Genetic and Molecular Biology PhD candidate whose main research topic regards to community diversity and dynamics of drought-tolant species (Velloziaceae from Campo Rupestre). She got her M.Sc. degree in Plant Biology (2015) and in Biology in (2012), both from the University of Campinas (2012).
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Gizella Potrich Leal Maymone
GCCRC
Gizella holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Federal University of São Carlos and started her PhD on Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2021 and works at Bayer Crop Science since 2016, currently as Traited Testing Scientist. She has experience in biotechnology-derived product development strategies in corn and soy breeding programs, focusing on the assessment of germplasm by trait interactions for both crops. Her research will be related to the characterization of position effect on transgene expression in corn.
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Mariana Feitosa Cavalheiro
GCCRC
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences (Bachelor’s Degree) and a Masters in Plant Biology from the State University of São Paulo Júlio de Mesquita Filho.
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Vinicius Oliveira Almeida
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Almeida has experience in working on developing protocols for genetic transformation of Brazilian maize genotypes, QTL markers and proteomics, and transformation processes. He has degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Passo Fundo (Rio Grande do Sul). Between 2012-2013 he was an intern of Embrapa Wheat. In 2013 became part of the internship program at Monsanto. He joined the team of UMIP Genclima in 2014.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Meet the researchers being trained at GCCRC

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Juliana Vieira Almeida Nonato
GCCRC
Nonato is an agronomist, with Ph.D (2020) in Tropical and Subtropical
Agriculture at Instituto Agronômico de Campinas – IAC. She has worked with
genotyping and phenotyping of plants obtained through for genetic modification
and genome editing. Her áreas of expertise are plant breeding, biotechnology
and plant genomics.
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Maria Helena Faustinoni Bruno
GCCRC
Maria Helena holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (UENP-PR/2019) and a
master's degree in Plant Physiology (UFV-MG/2022), with experience in biochemistry,
molecular biology and plant metabolism with focus on stresses responses.

LAB TECHNICIAN

Meet GCCRC´s Lab Technician

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Sandra de Almeida Queiroz
Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering – CBMEG/Unicamp
Biologist with experience in genetics. She got her degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas(2002).

LAB MANAGEMENT

Meet GCCRC´s Lab Manager

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Carolina Carvalho de Mello Freitas
Lab manager
GCCRC Lab Manager 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).
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Marcella Braga
Lab manager
Marcella Braga 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.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Meet GCCRC´s Project Managers

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Nathalia Zocal Pereira dos Santos
Project 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)
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Paula Malloy Mota Diniz
Project manager
Paula works on strategic innovation management and project management at CQMED. She obtained her degree in Biology, from PUC-MG, Brazil (2005), MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from UNIFESP, Brazil (2009), and MBA in Project and innovation management from IETEC, Brazil (2012), 10 year of experience in R&D management.
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Claudia Lima
Poject analyst
Claudia supports project management and responsable to organize controls fiscal documents to report for agencies and partners. She graduated in Business Administration and Marketing Qualification from Faculdade Anhanguera Valinhos, SP, Brazil (1999).

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Meet GCCRC´s IT Manager

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Bruno Ciro do Nascimento
GCCRC
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.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Letting the world know about our advances

GCCRC - team - Paula Drummond
Paula Drummond de Castro
GCCRC
Paula is motivated by making science attractive to different audiences. She’s been writing about science since 2013. Specialist in science communication and PhD in Science and Technology Policy.