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Walter Colli

Walter Colli

Adjunt Panel - Life Sciences
Steering Committees for Special Programs - FAPESP Program for Research on the Zika Virus

Walter Colli is a Medical Doctor (1962), Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1966, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, USP) and Privat-Dozent (1971, Institute of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, USP), presently Full Professor of Biochemistry since 1980.

He was Director (Dean) of the Institute of Chemistry for two terms (1986-1990 and 1994-1998), the Butantan Institute (the Snake Farm, 1999) and the International Relations Institute, IRI, from the University of São Paulo (2005-2009). He was a member of the Deliberative Council of the National Research Council of Brazil (CNPq 1989-1991), of the Higher Council of the São Paulo State Foundation for the Support of Research, (FAPESP, 1988-1994), and the President of the Brazilian Biosafety Committee, CTNBio, since 2006, for a 4 year term. He was also the Director General of the Brazilian Association of Synchrotron Light Technology (ABTLuS/CNPEM, 06/2010 – 05/2011). He is a Life Sciences Advisor of the FAPESP Scientific Director since 2003.

Due to his intense collaboration with Argentinean scientists for 30 years and training of several post-doctoral fellows from Argentina he earned the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Buenos Aires.

He is a permanent member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS), and a member of the Scientific Merit Order of Brazil, granted by the President of Brazil. In 2014 he was awarded the Almirante Álvaro Alberto Prize for Science and Technology.

He has experience in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology working with the interaction between Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas’ disease, and the host-cell, with particular focus on plasma membrane glycoconjugates, ligands and receptors. He has published 120 papers in the specialized literature as well as 20 book chapters, in addition to training the work of 23 Ph.D. students and post-docs.