Steering Committees for Special Programs - FAPESP Program for Research on the Zika Virus
Has a Degree in Biology from the University of São Paulo (1981); Post-bachelor's degree in molecular virology and electron microscopy insect virus at Wageningen University in the Netherlands (1984-1985); Researcher at the Biological Control Unit of CENARGEN / EMBRAPA (1986-1988); Master in Virology from the University of Florida (1990) with 'major' Virology and 'minor' in Human Pathology; D.Phil. in Virology in the Department of Biochemistry and NERC Institute of Virology at the University of Oxford (1995), Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (1996).
Substitute teacher / visitor in the Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (DIPA) of the Paulista School of Medicine (EPM) at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) (1997-1999); Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB) of the University of São Paulo (USP) since 1999.
Coordinator of the Viral Genetic Diversity Network (VGDN-FAPESP) program from 2001 to 2006. Visiting researcher at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI, NM, USA) from 2004 to 2008. Member of the committee on Ethics in Human Research (CEPSH) ICB since 2000 and coordinator of that committee since 2012.
Works on evolution of DNA and RNA viruses, phylogeny and molecular evolution, viral genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics and several emerging viruses. In November 2015 began coordinating the articulation of a group of researchers in São Paulo to study the Zika virus.