Tarciso Velho, a biologist from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, also holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Caxias do Sul. He furthered his academic journey in the United States, earning a doctorate in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University. During his post-doctoral studies, he had the opportunity to work at esteemed institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His scientific research aims to explain how genetic mutations can impact the brain, particularly in relation to speech. Currently, Tarciso is a professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Outside his professional commitments, Tarciso finds relaxation in long bike rides, spanning 30 to 50 km, and brewing his own beer. He also enjoys immersing himself in books, of which “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond and “An Anthropologist on Mars” by Oliver Sacks are among his favorites.