Residency Period: 03/01/2013 to 02/28/2014

Professor Fabrício R. Santos is a geneticist biologist with a doctorate in 1995 from UFMG in Belo Horizonte, a postdoctoral degree in 1997 from the University of Oxford, UK, and in 2009 from the National Geographic Society, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently Full Professor and researcher in the area of Genetics and Evolution at UFMG, resident professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IEAT) at UFMG, vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Genetics and member of the Genetics Committee of CNPq. He has published several articles in specialized and popular science journals, chapters and books. He is an accredited advisor in the graduate programs in Genetics and Zoology at UFMG, and has also supervised or supervised dissertations and theses in the Ecology, Conservation and Management of Wildlife, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Animal Science programs at UFMG. He currently coordinates research projects funded by government and private, national and foreign bodies. He works mainly in the area of natural history and biological evolution using DNA and analyzes of population genetics, phylogeography and phylogeny applied to Brazilian biodiversity and the history of the human species.


The project aims to study the pre-Columbian settlement of South America through genetic analyzes that allow identifying some historical connections of ancestry. The main goal in this regard is to offer non-indigenous society and indigenous peoples a base of scientific knowledge that helps to understand the recent and remote past of humanity regarding prehistoric migrations and the genetic and historical relationships of Brazilian indigenous peoples with other peoples of the America and the world.

The project has the participation of several scholars, such as anthropologists, biologists, historians, archaeologists and linguists who develop studies using protocols that have the same objectives, field and laboratory methodology, and which have been ethically approved in each country for studies of their respective indigenous communities.