He served as president of the University of Campinas from April 2009 to April 2013.
Fernando Ferreira Costa received his undergraduate degree from the Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine (FMRP) at the University of São Paulo (USP), where he also completed his residency and earned a master’s and PhD before serving as associate professor and professor. From 1987 to 1989, he did a post-doc fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine at Yale University in the United States. He joined the Department of Clinical Medicine of the School of Medical Sciences (FCM) at Unicamp in 1990 and passed the public exam to be awarded a chair as full professor of Hematology and Hemotherapy in 1996. Before assuming the presidency of Unicamp, he served as director of the FCM (1994-1998), Dean of Research (2002-2005) and General University Coordinator (2002-2005).
He has published more than 200 articles in international journals. The awards he has received over the course of his career include: the Medal of Scientific and Technological Merit from the State of São Paulo (2000); the Scopus Award (2006); and the National Order of Scientific Merit (Commander Class) (2008). He is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and a Level IA Researcher with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).