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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

Biological Sciences II

Lines of Research



It involves studies aimed at the biological/pharmacological evaluation of substances from natural products and/or synthetic origin in different experimental models, such as animal models of neurological, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. This line of research also aims to identify potential antioxidant, antineoplastic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic agents, among others of importance in the area of ​​human and animal health.

Start Date: 01/01/2013




Application of molecular modeling studies and medicinal chemistry tools, such as bioisosterism, hybridization and molecular simplification, for planning and obtaining synthetic or semi-synthetic substances with potential biochemical, pharmacological and/or toxicological action. The line involves the organic synthesis of substances with potential biological action.

Start Date: 03/03/2015




The line seeks to study the protection of the environment through issues of environmental contamination by chemical and physical substances, and knowledge of the environmental impact, and its direct and indirect relationships. It also aims at studies of substances that are less aggressive to human beings, which do not offer cytotoxic or mutagenic effects to living organisms, or which may bioremediate the environment and studies of interfering pollutants and contaminants. Furthermore, it studies the development of analytical methods for the determination of metals and non-metals of nutritional or toxicological interest, as well as the development of methods for the analysis of chemical speciation applied to toxicology.

Start Date: 01/01/2013

Study Plan

Scientific Methodology (2 credits)
Seminars I (2 credits)
Seminars II (2 credits)
Teaching Internship I (2 credits)

Scientific Co-advising in Undergraduate Research (2 credits)
Teaching Internship II (2 credits)
Teaching Internship III (2 credits)
Scientific Methodology
Teaching Methodology
Seminars III (2 credits)
Seminars IV (2 credits)

Spectrometric Analysis of Organic Compounds (4 credits)
Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
Biosafety and Ethics in Animal Experimentation (2 credits)
Biological testing of natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic products (4 credits)
Ethics in Research (2 credits)
Heterocycles Applied to Drugs (4 credits)
Lipidomics (4 credits)
Behavioral Models in Preclinical Research (4 credits)
Neuropharmacology (3 credits)
Neurochemistry (4 credits)
Environmental Bioanalytical Chemistry (4 credits)
Organic Chemistry of Drug Synthesis (4 credits)
Free Radicals at the Biological Level (2 credits)
Technology in Biodiesel (4 credits)
Topics in Enzymology (2 credits)
Special Topics in Biochemistry I (2 credits)
Special Topics in Biochemistry II (2 credits)
Molecular Biology I (3 credits) 
Applied Neuropharmacology (4 credits)
Neurobiology of Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases (4 credits)
Biochemistry and Bioprospecting at School (6 credits)
Molecular Biology II: Techniques and Applications (3 credits)
Paper Writing (2 credits)
Lipidomic Topics: Research and Innovation (3 credits)
Experimental Biochemistry (4 credits)
Industrial Biotechnology (4 credits)
Chromatography (4 credits)
Environmental Education (2 credits)
Pharmacosurveillance (2 credits)
Clinic Biochemistry (4 credits)
Biochemistry of Fatty Acids (2 credits)
Dissertation Writing (1 credit)
Applied Biostatistics to Biotechnology and Biochemistry (3 credits)
Purinergic System (4 credits)
Topics in Biostatistics (2 credits)  
Thesis Writing (1 credit)


Augusto Schneider
César Augusto Brüning
Claudio Martin Pereira de Pereira
Cristiane Luchese
Cristiani Folharini Bortolatto
Ethel Antunes Wilhelm
Francieli Moro Stefanello
Jucimara Baldissarelli
Lucielli Savegnago
Márcia Foster Mesko
Rafael Guerra Lund
Rodrigo de Almeida Vaucher
Roselia Maria Spanevello
Tiago Veiras Collares
Vinícius Farias Campos
Wilson João Cunico Filho

Elizandra Braganhol
Izabel Cristina Custodio de Souza
Janice Luehring Giongo

Number of credits required

20 M/ 40 D

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