Members

 

   

Prof. Eduardo Tarazona Santos

I am graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna (Italy), Master in Biochemistry by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and PhD in Biochemistry (UFMG) and in Biological Anthropology (University of Bologna). I was posdoc at the University of Maryland (supervisor: Sarah Tishkoff) and then at the National Cancer Institute (supervisor: Stephen Chanock), in the US. Currently, I am Associate Professor at the Department of Biology of the UFMG, where I lead the Laboratory of Human Genetic Diversity, performing research in the following topics: (1) Human genomic diversity in Latin America: evolutionary inferences and biomedical problems; (2) Genetic epidemiology of complex diseases and pharmacogenetics in Latin America, and (3) Development of bioinformatics tools for the study of genetic diversity. I was Head of the Graduate Program of Genetics at the UFMG (2010-2013). Currently, I am Head of the Department of Biology at UFMG (2016-2018) and Member of the Biological Sciences Study Section of the Minas Gerais State Agency for Research (FAPEMIG, 2016-2018).
CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6203097295718656

     
  Post docs
     
  Dr. Maíra Ribeiro Rodrigues

Received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2007. Before that, she received a MSc in Computer Science from UFRGS, Porto Alegre, in 2003 and a BSc in Computer Science from UCPel, Pelotas, in 2000. She joined LDGH in 2010 as a postdoc to work with the development of Bioinformatics  tools and methods for the analysis of human genetic variation data in the context of GWAS. During her graduate and undergraduate studies she worked with Multiagent Systems. Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence methods to the analysis of biological data, programming, databases and information enrichment.

Projects
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
  • MASSA: Multi-agents system for SNP Annotation
  • Statistical Methods for CNV analysis in Amerindian Populations
  • Clinical prediction of complex diseases based on machine-learning methods 
CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1035025419267366
     
  Dr. Wagner C. Santos Magalhães

Received his B.S. in biological science from Centro Universitário de Lavras in December 2005 and his PhD in Bioinformatics from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2011. He is also involved on EPIGEN-BRAZIL project where LDGH is responsible for the bioinformatics and population genetics analyses and interested at the study of native and admixed populations.

Projects
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
  • Inputation in Latin American populations
CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0900591338590413
    Dr. Marilia de Oliveira Scliar

Projects

  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
CV

  PhD Students
    Mateus Gouveia

PhD student in Genetics at ICB/UFMG. Got his Masters degree in Genetics (Genomics and Bioinformatics) in the same institution; has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2008); His Masters research topic is "Evolutionary history of Native Americans (Peru)"; skilled in using the ABC (Approximate Bayesian Computation) tool for statistical inferences. 

Projects
  • Origin and dynamics of African admixture in Brazil
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8465499101120172
     
  Master Students
     
  Camila Zolini de Sá

Received her BSc in Biological Sciences from Centro Metodista Izabela Hendrix in 2011. Joined LDGH in 2009 where she is responsible for many technic and administrative activities. She is currently applying for a Master degree in Genetics at UFMG

Projects
  • Gastric Cancer (NIH)
  • EPIGEN-Brasil
CVhttp://lattes.cnpq.br/4346852816859900
     
  Undergraduate Students
  Hanaisa de Pla e Santanna

Undergraduate in Biological Sciences at Federal University of Minas Gerais, involved in studies of human genetic diversity in populations of Latin America.

Projects
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
  • Exploring the biomedical consequences of genetic differentiation of Native Americans.
CV
http://lattes.cnpq.br/8908313910232294
     
    Guilherme Pereira Gasparini Kingma

Studies Computer Science at PUC Minas since 2008. Joined LDGH in 2012.

Projects
  • Agent-Based Enrichment System for Genetic Diversity Analyses 
CV
http://lattes.cnpq.br/2218408108483755
 
     
    Thaís Muniz

Studying Biological Sciences at Federal University of Minas Gerais. Student undergraduate research at the Laboratory of Human Genetic Diversity, with an interest in population genetics and human genetics. Currently working on studies of susceptibility to gastric cancer in Peruvian populations.

Projects
  • Associação entre SNPs nos genes IL8, IL8RB, MSMB, FGFR2 e PTGS2 e o câncer gástrico em populações peruanas.
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
CV
http://lattes.cnpq.br/1381516466405260
 
     
   

Thiago Peixoto Leal

Undergraduate student in Computer Science at Federal University of São João Del Rei(UFSJ). His research interests include the application of artificial inteligence, evolutionary algorithm and complex network to the analysis of biological data.

Projects

  • Population genetics analysis of Drug Metabolism Enzymes (DME) genes
  • EPIGEN/BRASIL - Genomic epidemiology of complex diseases in Brazilian population-based cohorts
CV


 

 

Former LDGH Members

Fernanda Kehdy (former EPIGEN posdoc, now Investigator at Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, current collaborator)

Fernanda Rodrigues Soares (former Graduate Student, current collaborator)

Giordano Bruno Soares Souza (former Undergraduate and graduate student and posdoc, current collaborator)

Moara Machado (former Graduate student, posdoc at National Cancer Institute, current collaborator)

Roxana Zamudio Zea (former Graduate student, now posdoc at University of Leicester, current collaborator)

 

    Dr. Luciana Zuccherato

Received her PhD from the Genetics Graduate Program at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Tarazona-Santos. She has been working with genetic diversity and population structuring of the Native American populations since her Master’s. The present research is focused on fully characterize the copy number and sequence variation of immune system genes (e.g., beta-defensin region, CCL3L1 and Fc gamma receptors), with an emphasis on their influence on infection and autoimmune diseases in Amerindian populations from South America, in the context of global diversity.

Now at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

CV

http://lattes.cnpq.br/0519017511517081
     
  • Dr. Andrea Marrero (Now at UFSC, Florianópolis)
  • Dr. Maria Clara Fernandes da Silva (Now at Hemominas, Belo Horizonte)
  • Dr. Marília Scilar 
  • Pedro Maciel

 

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