Permanent Faculty

Ana Maria Moura da Silva
Research Areas: Structural Toxinology / Toxins and Biological Systems / Biology integrated with Toxinology
Laboratory: Immunopathology
Doctorate and Postdoctorate in Toxinology, works in the elucidation of mechanisms of action of metalloproteinases of venom of snakes and diversity of ophidian poisons.

Ana Marisa Chudzinski Tavassi
Research lines: Bioprospecting and development
Laboratory: Biochemistry
Ana Marisa Chudzinski Tavassi: Graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from the Federal University of Paraná, UFPR, (1978-1982). Master's and PhD in Sciences from the Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP, PhD from Institute Pasteur and INSERM (France). She completed postdoctoral studies at the National Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires (ANMBs) - Argentina. Coordinator of projects aiming at public-private interaction. Experience in the area of Biochemistry, with emphasis on coagulation and fibrinolysis and on cell survival.

Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Silva Jared
Research Lines: Biology integrated to Toxinology / Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Cell Biology
He is a researcher at the Cell Biology Laboratory of the Butantan Institute. He works in Integrative Biology with a focus on Herpetology. His lines of research are focused on understanding the role of venom in the life of amphibians and reptiles. It deals with glandular morphological adaptations related to the defense of these animals against predators and microorganisms.

Catarina de Fátima P. Teixeira
Research Lines: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pharmacology
She holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of São Paulo (1990) and a postdoctoral degree from the University of Sherbrooke (1994). He is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of São Paulo (1979). Has experience in the areas of Pharmacology and Toxinology, with emphasis in the inflammatory process.

Daniel Carvalho Pimenta
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems / Bioprospecting and Development / Structural Toxinology
Laboratory: Biochemistry
Master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the Federal University of São Paulo (1997) and PhD in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the Federal University of São Paulo (2001). He is currently a scientific researcher (PqC-VI) of the Butantan Institute. He has experience in the field of Biochemistry, with emphasis in Mass Spectrometry, acting mainly on the following subjects: natural peptides, toxins and mass spectrometry.

Denise Vilarinho Tambourgi
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems / Poisoning and Therapeutics / Structural Toxinology
Laboratory: Immunochemistry
She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the Institute of Biosciences at USP (1980), a master's degree in immunology from the University of São Paulo (1987) and a doctorate in immunology from USP (1992). Has experience in Immunology, with emphasis in Immunochemistry working in the following subjects: Complement System, poisoning by Loxosceles spiders; Immunogenicity of animal poisons and toxins

Geraldo Santana Magalhães
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Immunopathology
He holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemical Pharmacy from USP (1997), a master's degree and a doctorate in biotechnology from USP (2006). He is currently a research scientist at the Butantan Institute. He has experience in the field of Molecular Biology, working mainly on the following topics: cloning and expression of recombinant toxins in heterologous organisms, cDNA library, site directed mutation, mammalian cells transfection.

Gisele Picolo
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems / Bioprospecting and Development
Lab: Pain and Signaling
She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (1996), a master's degree in Experimental and Comparative Pathology from University of São Paulo (1999) and a PhD in Pharmacology from University of São Paulo (2003). She is currently a research scientist at the Butantan Institute. Has experience in the area of Pharmacology, working mainly on the following topics: pain and analgesia, poisons and animal toxins.

Inácio de Loiola Meirelles J. Azevedo
Research Areas: Biology integrated to Toxinology / Structural Toxinology / Bioprospecting and development
Laboratory: Applied Toxinology
He holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Institute of Biosciences of USP (1998), a PhD in Biology and Genetics from USP (2003) and a postdoctoral fellowship from Instituto Butantan. He has experience in Molecular Biology, with emphasis on large-scale DNA sequencing, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of venom glands, biochemistry of animal toxins, molecular evolution of proteins and biotechnology.


Irina Kerkis
Research Areas: Structural Toxinology / Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Genetics
Graduated in Biology and Chemistry in Russia from Tomsk Federal University (1978) and PhD in Cytogenetic from Institute of Cytology and Genetics (1989) from Russia. Has experience in Genetics, with emphasis on Animal Genetics. Works with isolation, characterization and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells from human adult stem cells and their therapeutic applications in animal models.

Ivo Lebrun
Research Areas: Structural Toxinology / Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Biochemistry
Graduated in Pharmacy from University of São Paulo-RP (1981) and PhD in Pharmacology from University of São Paulo-ICB (1990). He has experience in the field of Biochemistry, with emphasis in Chemistry of Macromolecules, acting mainly on the following subjects: bioactive peptide Tityus serrulatus, poisons, neurotoxins, and bacterial toxins.

Katia Cristina Barbaro
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems / Poisoning and Therapeutics
Laboratory: Immunopathology
Graduation in Biological Sciences in Medical area (1986) and Masters in Microbiology and Immunology (1991) by Federal University of São Paulo. PhD in Immunology from University of São Paulo (1996). Currently she is a Scientific Researcher VI of Butantan Institute. She has experience in the field of Toxinology, working mainly in the following subjects: study of poison / toxins (spiders, rays, scorpions and centipede), inflammation, antibodies / serum therapy.

Marta Maria Antoniazzi Repetido, similar ao de cima
Research Areas: Toxins and Biological Systems / Integrated Biology in Toxinology
Laboratory: Cell Biology
She is a researcher at the Cell Biology Laboratory of the Butantan Institute. Has experience in the area of Comparative Anatomy and Morphology, with emphasis on Histology and Cell Biology. Her studies include the biology and natural history of amphibians and reptiles, acting in the chemical defense through cutaneous and oral glands, and of lizards and amphisbaenias, focusing the chemical communication and morphology of pheromonal glands.

Norma Yamanouye
Research lines: Structural Toxinology / Toxins and Biological Systems​
Laboratory: Pharmacology
Norma Yamanouye holds a PhD in Pharmacology. She holds a postdoctoral degree in Cell Biology at the University of California - San Diego. She is a supervisor by the Graduate Program in Sciences - Toxinology of the Butantan Institute. Her main line of research is to study the mechanisms involved in the production and secretion of venom using both the venom gland and the secretory cells of the venom gland in culture.

Osvaldo Augusto Brazil. E. Sant'Anna
Research Lines: Toxins and Biological Systems / Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Immunochemistry
Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of São Paulo [1971] and Doctorate [1979] in Microbiology and Immunology at UNIFESP / Escola Paulista de Medicina; Post-Doctorate by the Institute Curie, Paris [1980/1981]. Has experience in Immunology, with emphasis on Immunogenetics, and studies with Toxins, Poisons, Autoimmunities, Adjuvants, Resistance Genetics to Viral and Bacterial Infections. He is currently the Coordinator of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Toxins (INCTTOX).

Paulo Flávio Silveira
Research Lines: Toxins and Biological Systems / Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Pharmacology
Paulo Flavio Silveira graduated in biomedicine and economics. He holds a PhD in Sciences from USP and a PhD from the University of Cádiz and Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. He is active in the study of pharmacology and comparative and translational physiology of animal models for diseases such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and renal failure. He is ad hoc advisor for FAPESP, CNPq and INEP.

Ronaldo Zucatelli Mendonça-
Lines of Research: Bioprospecting and Development
Laboratory: Parasitology
He holds a degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from State University of Londrina (1980) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from University of São Paulo (1995). He works mainly in the following subjects: culture of animal and insect cells, development of viral vaccines and Bioprospecting.

Roxane Maria Fontes Piazza
Research Areas: Microbial Toxins / Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Bacteriology
Graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from Federal University of Santa Catarina and PhD in Sciences (Biology of Pathogen-Host Interaction) from University of São Paulo. Scientific Researcher in Bacteriology Laboratory at Instituto Butantan. The line of research in microbiology is focused on bacterial pathogenicity, mainly bacterial toxins, and diagnosis, with emphasis on the development of antibodies and standardization of immunosorological assays.

Sandra Coccuzzo Sampaio Vessoni
Research Lines: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pathophysiology
She holds a bachelor's degree in Biomedicine from University of Santo Amaro (1996), a Master's degree (2000) and a PhD (2004) in Pharmacology from University of São Paulo and a Postdoctorate in Department of Cell Biology and Development at University of São Paulo. She investigates the action of Crotoxin (CTX) on the functions and energetic metabolism of macrophages and how the immunomodulatory action of CTX interferes with the function and intracellular signaling of tumor cells microenvironment.

Solange Castro Afeche
Research Lines: Toxins and Biological Systems
Laboratory: Pharmacology
She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology, obtained at Biosciences Institute of University of São Paulo (1982), Master's degree (1987) and PhD (1995) in Physiology and Biophysics at Institute of Biomedical Sciences, USP. She completed post-doctoral training at Louis Pasteur University, France. She has experience in the fields of Pharmacology and Physiology, with emphasis in Cellular Physiology, acting mainly in the characterization of cellular physiological processes involved in the synthesis of melatonin by the pineal gland.

Solange Maria de Toledo Serrano
Research Areas: Structural Toxinology
Laboratory: Applied Toxinology
She graduated in Pharmacy-Biochemistry from UNESP (1983), PhD in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) at Federal University of São Paulo and University of Munich (1994). Has experience in the area of Biochemistry, with emphasis on Protein Chemistry and Proteomics.

Vanessa Olzon Zambelli

Research lines: Toxins and biological systems
Laboratory: Special Pain and Signaling Laboratory

Bachelor in Biological Sciences- Biomedicine at São Paulo State University, Brazil. Master and PhD in Sciences- Pharmacology at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Postdoctoral training at Butantan Institute, Brazil and Stanford University, USA.​