André Melro Murad uses computer models to develop more effective pest control methods. A computer scientist who graduated from the Catholic University of Brasilia, he continued his training in biology with a doctorate in genomic sciences and biotechnology, also at UCB.
André also carried out post-doctoral work at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). His work focuses on the digestive enzymes of pests such as the cotton bollworm, the main pest that affects cotton in South America. Despite the widespread use of genetically resistant plants, André says that there have already been cases of pests adapting to these plants. With the help of computer models, he hopes to design peptides that inhibit the pests’ digestive enzymes and thus save crops with more rational and effective pesticides.