Biochemistry and Bioprospecting

Phone number: +55 53 3275-7454


The Master’s Degree Program in Biochemistry and Bioprospecting (PPGBBio for its spelling in Portuguese) was accredited by CAPES in 2010, starting its activities in 2011 and meaning to bring the university closer to the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to personal education, the Program aims to meet a regional demand for the study of Biochemistry and Bioprospecting and also seeks to prepare professionals to work in a number of fields such as Pharmacy, Chemistry, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Medicine, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Dentistry, among others. The Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Bioprospecting has qualified professors with tutoring experience in programs recognized by CAPES. Furthermore, it has adequate administrative infrastructure and multi-user laboratories equipped for research development.

During the Program’s early years, there was a high demand for graduates in pharmacy, chemistry and biology from UFPel and other southern Rio Grande do Sul universities, in addition to candidates from outside the state and even abroad. The Master’s Degree’s graduates tend to continue their studies by enrolling in a doctoral degree program either in their home institution or in others, such as the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande.

Area of Concentration

The Program’s area of concentration is Biochemistry and Bioprospecting.

Lines of Research

Its lines of research are:

1) Bioassay:  This line of research is accountable for the biological evaluation of chemical substances and the science involved in the genesis of bioactive products from planning and development to pharmacological use. It is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach to the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, biology and pharmacy. The studies also extend to veterinary products.

2) Toxicology: Encompasses the minimization of environmental issues in the region; the optimal use of natural resources; and the research and characterization of raw materials of biochemical and toxicological interest. This line of research’s main theme is environmental protection, that is, studies related to issues of environmental pollution by chemical and physical substances.

Study Plan

To complete the Program, the student must take 20 credits, organized in the form of 6 mandatory (as part of the following courses: Seminars I; Seminars II; and Scientific Methodology) and 14 elective credits, which can be chosen among a vast range of courses within the Master’s Degree’s lines of the research. Students sponsored by CAPES Scholarships must also complete the course of Supervised Teaching Practice as a mandatory requirement.


Currently, the Program has the following faculty members:

Dean’s Office

Wilson João Cunico Filho – Dean

Roselia Maria Spanevello – Vice Dean

Permanent Faculty

Adriana Lourenço da Silva 

Claudio Martin Pereira de Pereira 

Cristiane Luchese 

Elizandra Braganhol 

Ethel Antunes Wilhelm 

Francieli Moro Stefanello 

Francisco Augusto Burkert Del Pino 

Geonir Machado Siqueira 

Giana de Paula Cognato

Giovana Duzzo Gamaro

Izabel Cristina Custodio de Souza

Lucielli Savegnago

Marlete Brum Cleff 

Márcia Foster Mesko

Patrícia da Silva Nascente

Rafael Guerra Lund

Rogério Antônio Freitag

Tiago Veiras Collares

Associate Faculty

Alethéa Gatto Barschak  

Márcio Nunes Corrêa

William Peres

Office Assistant

Christian Manetti Geisler 

Many faculty members are currently being granted CNPq productivity fellowships in addition to having research projects approved not only by CNPq, but also by other funding agencies such as FAPERGS, CAPES and the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science program. Research outcomes of the Program’s students have received awards in scientific events and also appeared in a newspaper in Pelotas.

Number of credits required

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