Marcus Alexandre Nunes

Marcus Alexandre Nunes

Professor

Departament of Statistics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

E-mail: marcus.nunes@ccet.ufrn.br

Research areas: Generalized Linear Models, Design of Experiments, Genetics.

Graduated in Bachelor in Applied Mathematics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2006) and Master's degree in Pure Mathematics with emphasis in Probability and Statistics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2008). Currently a PhD in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University (2013). Has experience in the area of probability and statistics, with emphasis on Generalized Linear Models and Design of Experiments, mainly with count data models with over-dispersion.

João Paulo Matos Santos Lima

João Paulo Matos Santos Lima

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

E-mail:  jpmatos@cb.ufrn.br

Research areas: vegetal antioxidant metabolism, gene expression analysis,  structural bioinformatics, genomics, transcriptomics, molecular phylogeny, molecular evolution of metabolic pathways.

Beatriz Stransky Ferreira

Beatriz Stransky Ferreira

Professor

Departament of Biomedical Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

E-mail: beatriz.stransky@ct.ufrn.br

Research areas: Ethics, Science and Technology, Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology, Modeling of biological systems, ICT applied to education.

Beatriz Stransky graduate at Ciências Biológicas from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (1992), master at Bioquímica e Imunologia from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (1996) and PhD at Imunologia from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2003). She did her post-doctorate at the Computer Science Department of the University of São Paulo (2009) and was a visiting researcher at the Centre of Mathematical Biology, Oxford University, England (2009).She joined the academic field at Federal University of ABC (2009) and is currently assistant professor at Biomedical Engineering department at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte,.

Umberto Laino Fulco

Umberto Laino Fulco

Permanent Professor

Department of Biophysics and Pharmacology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

E-mail: umbertofulco@gmail.com

Research areas: Bioinformatics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biological Chemistry

Interested in the investigation of the electronic charge transport properties of biological molecules, such as the nucleic acids, proteins and polypeptides, by using quantum chemistry computation. From their modelling, we expect to propose/develop nanobiological devices which could diagnose and evaluate specific diseases like autism, several types of cancer, osteoporosis, different forms of psychosis, etc. Relevant questions will be approached, as the electrical conductivity of the biological molecules, their electronic transmission spectra, quantum wave function profiles and how they scatter charge carriers. The calculation of characteristic IxV (current versus voltage) curves, very important for prototyping nanobiodevices involving the coupling of selected biological molecules sandwiched between two electrodes (donor-DN and acceptor-AC, respectively), is expected to be performed by using the density function theory (DFT) quantum chemistry model. Diluted disorder and the role of correlation effects, especially those with symmetrical and anti-symmetrical features, and the non-linear field effects on the quantum wave packet dynamics, will be investigated as well. Furthermore, considering the biological molecules as quasiperiodic arrangements and taking into account that the propagation of their collective modes in quasiperiodic systems implies, among other things, a self-similar fractal energy spectrum that forms a Cantor set, we intend to study their thermodynamic properties by using computational techniques employed in the framework of fractal physics. Overall speaking, our main goal is the production/characterization of a new range of bioelectronic devices that are much smaller, faster and more energy efficient than the present semiconductor crystal-based one, giving rise to a new high-tech revolution based on nanobiostructures.
 
Sandro José de Souza

Sandro José de Souza

Permanent Professor

Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

E-mail: sandro@neuro.ufrn.br

Research areas: Bioinformatics, Genomics, Cancer Research

 

Major in Biology from Universidade Federal do Paraná (1989) and Ph.D in Biochemistry from Universidade de São Paulo (1993). Sandro was a Pew Latin American Fellow at Harvard University from 1995 to 1998. He was an associated member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in São PAulo - Brazil. Presently, he is a Professor of Bioinformatics at UFRN. Sandro was elected a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was a Tinker Visiting Professor at University of Chicago in 2011.

César Rennó-Costa

César Rennó-Costa

Permanent Professor

Digital Metropolis Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

E-mail: cesar@imd.ufrn.br

Research areas: Biophysics, Computer modelling, Large-scale simulations, Computer Neuroscience

César Rennó Costa is currently an Adjunct Professor of Bioinformatics at the Metropole Digital Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil. He has been a post-doctoral researcher at Brain Institute of the same unviersity. He was a fellow of the young talents grant from the science without borders program. He has a PhD in Computer Neursocience from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) in the SPECS group, under the supervision of Prof. Paul Verschure (ICREA, Barcelona, Spain) and Prof. John Lisman (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA). Has a MsC from the Sate Unviersity of Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil) and the Industiral Automation and Computation Department (DCA, FEEC) under the supervision of Prof. Fernando Von Zuben from the LBiC Lab and Prof. Jonatas Manzolli from the NICS Lab. He is a bachelor in computer engineering from the same school with special studies in Sound Engineering. He is a collaborator in the EU projects Synthetic Forager and Goal Leaders.