Collaborating Faculty

Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pharmacology
Graduated in Biology from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (1990) with a master's degree (1996) and PhD (2001) in Experimental and Comparative Pathology at University of São Paulo.
Experience in Pharmacology area, with emphasis on neurosciences and toxicology.
She develops studies with venoms and scorpion toxins, focusing mainly on convulsion, behavior, central nervous system and perinatal development.

Antônio Carlos Marques
Research Areas: Integrated Biology applied to Toxinology / Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Institute of Biosciences, USP
Antônio Marques is a zoologist and develops research on the evolution of marine plankton and benthos, focusing mainly on cnidarians. Some of his current projects involve micro and macroevolution of cnidarians venoms. He is currently a professor in Biosciences Institute at USP.

Fernando Mauricio Francis Abdalla
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pharmacology
He holds a degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from Federal University of Juiz de Fora (1984) and PhD in Pharmacology from Federal University of São Paulo (1999). He has experience in the field of Pharmacology, with emphasis in Biochemical and Molecular Pharmacology, working mainly on the following theme: effects of estrogen on cholinergic neurotransmission in rat hippocampus.

Juliana Mozer Sciani

Research Areas: Structural Toxinology / Bioprospecting and Development

Laboratory: Biochemistry

Biologist from Universidade Metodista de São Paulo (2005), with masters on Pharmacology from Universidade Federal de São Paulo (2008) and PhD on Biotechnology from Universidade de São Paulo (2012). Acts on themes as: Bioprospection of molecules from animal source (venoms, toxins and metabolites), aiming therapeutic use; mass spectrometry for mechanism of action studies, proteomics and metabolomics.​


Leticia Barboza Rocha
Research Areas: Microbial Toxins / Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Bacteriology
She holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (2005), a Master's degree in Biotechnology from University of São Paulo (2008) and a PhD in Sciences from University of São Paulo (2012). Currently holds postdoctoral studies at the Butantan Institute. Has experience in the area of Microbiology, with emphasis on monoclonal antibody, development and standardization of immunosorological methods for neglected diseases.

Leo Kei Iwai

Research Areas:Toxins and biological systems

Laboratory: Special Laboratory of Applied Toxinology

He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of São Paulo (1995), a Master's degree in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the Federal University of São Paulo (1999), a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the Federal University of São Paulo -Director from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (2005-2010) and The Institute of Cancer Research in London, England (2010-2012). He has experience in the field of Biochemistry and Immunology, with emphasis on Proteoma and Phosphoproteoma in several models such as Chagas disease, diabetes and cancer.​


Luís Roberto de Camargo Gonçalves
Research Areas: Poisoning and Therapeutics / Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pathophysiology
Biologist graduated at UNISA, with masters and doctoral degrees in Experimental and Comparative Pathology at FMVZ-USP. Director of the Pathophysiology Laboratory at the Butantan Institute. Current research interests: (a) pathophysiology of venomous animal poisoning, with emphasis on the action of poisons and toxins on the inflammatory response; (B) local lesions induced by poisons from Bothrops (c) improvement in the efficacy of Serotherapy in local lesions induced by snakes

Nancy Oguiura
Research Areas: Biology integrated to Toxinology / Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Ecology and Evolution
She holds a degree in Pharmacy from University of São Paulo (1985) and a PhD in Biology / Genetics from Institute of Biosciences at USP (1998). She has experience in Genetics, with emphasis on Herpetology, working mainly on the following themes: molecular evolution of toxins and homologous proteins, such as defensins.


Patrícia Bianca Clissa
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Immunopathology
Biologist from Mackenzie University, Master in Basic Nuclear Technology (IPEN / CNEM), PhD in Sciences (ICB / USP Dept. Immunology). Part of the PhD was developed at University of Liverpool, UK. She is currently a Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Immunopathology at the Butantan Institute and studies the pro-inflammatory and angiogenic characteristics of the metalloproteinases / disintegrins isolated from Bothrops venoms.

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