Graduate Program in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Pharmacology

Lines of Research

Angiogenesis

Formation and functional characteristics of the vasculature in normal tissue, during granulation, and in tumors, and the role of novel mediators in the process.

Professors:

Jorge Luiz Pesquero
Lucíola da Silva Barcelos
Maria Aparecida Ribeiro Vieira
Mauro Martins Teixeira
Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos
Silvia Passos Andrade

Animal Toxins and Venom

Preparation and description of new active natural toxins, especially neurotoxins from poisonous animal venom with activity in mammals and/or insects. Mechanisms of action. Molecular biology of toxins.

Professors:

Evanguedes Kalapothakis
Maria Elena de Lima Perez Garcia
Thiago Verano Braga

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Study of the role of drugs in the central and peripheral modulation of the cardiac and vascular function in physiological and pathophysiological situations.

Professors:

Daniella Bonaventura
Jader dos Santos Cruz
Luciano dos Santos Aggum Capettini
Rafaela Fernandes da Silva
Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos
Stêfany Bruno de Assis Cau
Steyner de França Côrtes
Thiago Verano Braga
Virgínia Soares Lemos

Cardiovascular Physiology

Central and peripheral modulation of the cardiac and vascular function in physiological and pathophysiological situations.

Professors:

Almir de Sousa Martins
Andrea Siqueira Haibara
Daniella Bonaventura
Frédéric Jean Georges Frézard
Jader dos Santos Cruz
Jorge Luiz Pesquero
Luciano dos Santos Aggum Capettini
Lucíola da Silva Barcelos
Marco Antônio Peliky Fontes
Maria José Campagnole dos Santos
Rafaela Fernandes da Silva
Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos
Silvia Carolina Guatimosim Fonseca
Stêfany Bruno de Assis Cau
Steyner de França Côrtes
Thiago Verano Braga
Virgínia Soares Lemos

Cellular and genomic physiology

Intracellular signaling, receptors and genes involved in physiological and pathophysiological processes.

Professors:

Almir de Sousa Martins
André Gustavo de Oliveira
André Ricardo Massensini
Christopher Kushmerick
Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes
Frédéric Jean Georges Frézard
Grace Schenatto Pereira Moraes
Lígia Araújo Naves Kushmerick
Maria de Fátima Leite
Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos
Rodrigo Ribeiro Resende
Silvia Carolina Guatimosim Fonseca
Thiago Verano Braga
Virgínia Soares Lemos

Cellular Biophysics

Study of ion channels, their modulation, and its importance in maintaining the electric activity of excitable cells.

Professors:

Christopher Kushmerick
Jader dos Santos Cruz
Lígia Araújo Naves Kushmerick
Silvia Carolina Guatimosim Fonseca

Endocrine and Reproduction Physiology

Cellular, biochemical and molecular aspects of the endocrine and reproductive system in normal and pathological conditions.

Professors:

Adelina Martha dos Reis
André Gustavo de Oliveira
Candido Celso Coimbra
Maristela de Oliveira Poletini
Raphael Escorsim Szawka

Exercise physiology

Autonomic and central regulation of physiological parameters, such as endocrine, thermoregulatory and metabolic, during exercise performed by trained and untrained individuals.

Professors:

Andrea de Castro Perez
Candido Celso Coimbra
Maria José Campagnole dos Santos

Immunopharmacology

The role of chemotactic factors in the induction of the inflammatory infiltrate and in immune response to infections by extracellular and intracellular parasites.

Professors:

André Klein
Daniele da Glória de Souza
Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes
Juliana Carvalho Tavares
Lucíola da Silva Barcelos
Mauro Martins Teixeira
Remo de Castro Russo

Nanobiotechnology

Nanosystems, with a focus on the development of new drugs and experimental tools with applications in physiology and the treatment of tumors, parasitic diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

Professors:

Adelina Martha dos Reis
Andrea Siqueira Haibara
André Ricardo Massensini
Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes
Frédéric Jean Georges Frézard
Jader dos Santos Cruz
Jorge Luiz Pesquero
Marco Antônio Peliky Fontes
Maria de Fátima Leite
Rodrigo Ribeiro Resende
Silvia Carolina Guatimosim Fonseca
Thiago Verano Braga
Virgínia Soares Lemos

Natural products and new formulations

Preparation and description of new drugs based on natural species, especially plants with antitumor, cardiac, and vascular properties.

Professors:

Andrea de Castro Perez
Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes
Lucíola da Silva Barcelos
Miriam Teresa Paz Lopes
Steyner de França Côrtes
Virgínia Soares Lemos

Neuropharmacology

Effects of drugs on the Central Nervous System.

Professors:

Antônio Carlos Pinheiro de Oliveira
Bruno Rezende de Souza
Daniele Cristina de Aguiar
Fabrício de Araujo Moreira
Helton José dos Reis
Luciene Bruno Vieira

Neurophysiology

Function of the nervous system in physiological and pathological situations.

Professors:

Adelina Martha dos Reis
André Ricardo Massensini
Antônio Carlos Pinheiro de Oliveira
Bruno Rezende de Souza
Christopher Kushmerick
Grace Schenatto Pereira Moraes
Jerome Paul Armand Laurent Baron
Juliana Carvalho Tavares
Lígia Araújo Naves Kushmerick
Márcio Flávio Dutra Moraes
Raphael Escorsim Szawka

Pharmacology of Inflammation, Pain and Analgesics

Cell participation (leukocytes, mainly) in the pathophysiology of acute and chronic inflammations. Study on the activity of drugs with analgesic and anti-inflammatory potential. Verification of the mechanisms involved in the analgesic action of drugs.

Professors:

Andrea de Castro Perez
André Klein
Antônio Carlos Pinheiro de Oliveira
Igor Dimitri Gama Duarte
Janetti Nogueira de Francischi
Juliana Carvalho Tavares
Remo de Castro Russo
Thiago Roberto Lima Romero

Regulation of the Intermediary Metabolism and Thermoregulation

Neural, humoral and nutritional control of the intermediary metabolism. Neural control of thermoregulation in physical exercise.

Professors:

Adelina Martha dos Reis
Andrea Siqueira Haibara
Candido Celso Coimbra
Jorge Luiz Pesquero
Maristela de Oliveira Poletini
Raphael Escorsim Szawka

Renal Physiology and Pathophysiology

Physiological, pharmacological and molecular characterization of renal function modulation. Study of the formation/degradation pathways of mediators in the kidney.

Professors:

Maria Aparecida Ribeiro Vieira
Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos