Team

executive team

The core management at Serrapilheira, headed up by French geneticist Hugo Aguilaniu.

Director President

Aguilaniu is a biologist who studies the genetic basis for aging processes. He has a PhD from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and is a member of France’s National Scientific Research Council (CNRS). Aguilaniu headed a lab at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. The results of his research have been published in journals such as Nature, Science, Cell Metabolism, and PLoS Biology, and have received awards from the CNRS and the European Research Council (ERC). Before coming to Serrapilheira, he served as a Special Visiting Researcher at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and facilitated institutional relations between French and Brazilian universities.

Director, Institutional Management

Economist, Gisela undergraduated from USP then dedicated the first half of her professional life to strategic financial management at large multinationals such as Unilever, Alcoa and Diageo. She then moved on to the tertiary sector, seeking an interchange between her private sector experience and the reality of foundations, institutes and non-governmental organizations in general, such as IDIS, Rukha Institute, Junior Achievement, Ismart and Arapyaú. Since 2006, she has been working as a strategy consultant in the areas of finance and management, structuring startups, mid-size companies and NGOs. She is responsible for institutional management at Serrapilheira.

Director of Scientific Research

Caldas is a biologist specializing in the study of the humanization of antibodies and autoimmunity in the context of transplants. She has a PhD in immunology from the University of São Paulo (USP), a master’s in molecular biology from the University of Brasília (UnB), and a specialization in scientific journalism from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), where she took part in studies of the public perception of science. She served as a visiting research fellow at the Center for International Studies (MIT). Caldas was president of the SciBr Foundation, a nonprofit located in Cambridge, Massachusetts which promotes interdisciplinary knowledge networks, connecting Brazilian researchers who work abroad. At Serrapilheira, she directs scientific research initiatives, ranging from calls for proposals to an active search for researchers and projects.

Director of Science Outreach

Felizi has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Russian and Portuguese literature from the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She coedited the book Brasil em Movimento – Reflexões sobre os Protestos de Junho (Rocco) and has directed projects focused on art, technology, and activism for third-sector organizations (CulturaDigital.Br, ITS-Rio), television (MTV, Canal Curta), radio, print media, exhibitions, and digital platforms (Panfletos da Nova Era, Jorge Mautner’s web portal). At Serrapilheira, she directs science outreach initiatives.

Scientific Research Analyst

Undergraduated in Philosophy from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Nathalia is a researcher in the area of Philosophy of Science and is on a master’s degree in contemporary art studies. In recent years she has dedicated herself to research and content production for projects in the areas of culture, the arts and education. At Serrapilheira, besides participating in the active search for researchers and projects, Nathalia supports scientific research area in activities related to public calls and to the relationship with the institute’s grantees.

Communication Analyst

Undergratuated in Journalism from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and in Law from Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), she has worked in the Communication team of scientific institutions such as Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), National Institute of Translational Neuroscience (INNT) and Oncobiology Program at UFRJ. She is experienced in covering areas such as Physics, Mathematics and Life Sciences. She worked as a reporter at O Estado de São Paulo newspaper. At Serrapilheira, she produces content for the website, social networks and institutional material and also does PR services.

scientific advisory board

The board supports the work of the executive team, playing a fundamental role in the selection of projects to be supported by the institution. Its members are 12 scientists at Brazilian and foreign institutions, tasked with ensuring the scientific excellence of Serrapilheira’s initiatives. Chaired by Edgar Dutra Zanotto.

Foto de Edgar Dutra ZanottoChair, Scientific Advisory Board

Zanotto is a full professor at the Department of Materials Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos, in São Paulo. He is an editor for the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids and directs the Center for Research, Education and Innovation in Vitreous Materials, one of the Centers for Research, Innovation, and Diffusion (CEPIDs) of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). His research focuses on crystallization and the properties of glasses and glass-ceramics.

Foto de Ana Carolina Carnaval Carnaval is a biologist and professor at the City College of New York. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and researches evolution, ecology, biodiversity, and biogeography.

Foto de Cristina P. de CamposCampos is a researcher at the GeoCenter in the Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences at the University of Munich, Germany, and a member of the German Mineralogical Society and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC). She specializes in petrology and experimental vulcanology, and studies the origins and evolution of the composition of magmas that give rise to rocks, from basalts to rhyolites. Her latest research projects focus on supervolcanoes across multiple continents.

Foto de Fatima Maria de Souza MoreiraSouza Moreira is a full professor at the Department of Soil Science at the Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais and president of the Brazilian Soil Science Society, having served as a research fellow at the National Institute for Amazonian Research and as the Brazilian coordinator for the Global Environment Facility’s project for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity.

Foto de Luiz Davidovich Davidovich is a professor at the Physics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2010, he was awarded the Almirante Álvaro Alberto National Prize, considered one of the most important in Brazilian science. He has chaired the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) since March of 2016 and specializes in quantum optics

Foto de Mayana ZatzZatz is a full professor in genetics at the Institute of Biosciences at the University of São Paulo (USP). She also directs the Center for Research on the Human Genome and Stem Cells (CEGH-CEL) and the National Institute for Science and Technology (INCT)’s research initiative on Aging and Genetic Diseases: Genomics and Metagenomics.

Foto de Oswaldo Luiz AlvesAlves is a full professor in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), having completed his PhD at Unicamp and postdoctoral work at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. His research focuses on the development of nanomaterials and the interaction between nanostructures and biological systems.

Florissi is vice-president and Chief Technology Officer at Dell EMC. She oversees research on a computational system based on metagenomic sequencing to analyze microbiomes at the local and global levels. The project aims to reveal patterns of virulence factors in subsets of microbiomes, which may help identify the start of epidemics and new diseases.
She is on the advisory board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), helping to oversee the graduate program in Data Science, and is a member of the Boston Club, which seeks to advance women leaders. Her personal mission is to provide guidance for and boost the presence of women in the basic and applied sciences.

Foto de Paulo J. M. MonteiroMonteiro is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a researcher in the Department of Materials at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the European Academy of Sciences

Foto de Stevens RehenRehen is a neuroscientist, a full professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and research coordinator for the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). He presides over the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Brazilian committee, and is a member of the board for the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. He was a pioneer in stem cell research in Brazil.

Sperandio is a professor in the departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She has a PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), having completed postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2015, she received the Eli Lilly and Company-Elanco Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology, and won GSK’s 2014 Discovery Fast-Track Challenge.

Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, Wilkinson received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1989 and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1995. Her work focuses on the geometric and statistical properties of diffeomorphisms and flows with a particular emphasis on stable ergodicity and partial hyperbolicity. In 2011, she received Satter Prize in Mathematics for her work with Keith Burns on stable ergodicity of partially hyperbolic systems. Since 2013 she is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Board of Directors

Sets out guidelines for Serrapilheira’s work and evaluates the work plans proposed by the executive team.
Chaired by Branca Vianna Moreira Salles.

Chair of the Board of Directors

Instituto Serrapilheira

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board

Federal University of São Carlos

Fundo Pitanga

Serrapilheira Institute

Dynamo Administradora de Recursos

Grupo Ultrapar