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

Professor Vasco Ariston de Carvalho Azevedo is a professor and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics at UFMG. He holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Federal University of Bahia (1986), a master’s degree (1989) and a doctorate (1993) in Microorganism Genetics from the Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon. Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (USA, 1994). Associate Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of São Paulo (2004). He was President of the advisory committee for the area of Biological and Agricultural Sciences of the Dean of Research at UFMG, member of the Internationalization Committee of UFMG from 2007-2010 and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Genetics at the Department of General Biology at ICB /UFMG from October 2006 to April 2010. He has experience in Genetics, with emphasis on Molecular and Microorganism Genetics, working mainly on the following topics: Genomics; transcriptomics; proteomics; Functional analyzes of genes; Study of virulence and pathogenicity, Molecular Biotechnology and Biosafety. He currently works with the following microorganisms: Brucella abortus, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, Lactococcus lactis and Lactobacillus. Founding partner of the Company Uniclon Biotecnologia Ltda.- headquartered in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.


The main objective of the project is the production of material that can generate a book with multidisciplinary content with subjects that are of interest to modern society. In addition, the project provides for the invitation to several leaders and thinkers from areas to give lectures and participate in debates at round tables on topics such as biosafety, bioethics, biolaw, intellectual property, innovation, technology transfer, transgenics, stem cells, creationism, Darwinism, gene therapy, xenotransplantation, science and religion, and science policy in Brazil.