MA AND PHD IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPROSPECTING

Phone number: 53 32757533
e-mail: ppgbbio@gmail.com
Website: https://wp.ufpel.edu.br/ppgbbio/pt/
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INTRODUCTION

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Bioprospecting (PPGBBio for its spelling in Portuguese) started its activities in 2011 at the master's level with a CAPES grade of 3, featuring two research lines: Bioassays and Toxicology. At the end of 2014, CAPES approved the program's expansion to the Doctoral level and the first class was admitted in 2015. With the beginning of the doctoral program, a new line of research called Bioactive Substances was established. Within this context, the objective of PPGBBio is to train qualified human resources who are updated and equipped to face the challenge of actively participating in the teaching-learning process and the construction of evidence-based knowledge. The importance of developing these lines of research at UFPel is highlighted considering that they include relevant aspects such as the valorization of natural sources of raw materials, the development of new drugs and materials, the development of analysis methods, and the characterization of substances, among others, that can be studied in experimental models in vitro and/or in vivo. In this way, the program's research lines are interconnected, characterizing its interdisciplinarity. The program's permanent faculty consists of professors trained in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Dentistry, and Chemistry. Most of these professors completed their training in highly regarded, consolidated graduate programs at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and UFPel itself. PPGBBio aims at the qualified academic education of masters and doctors with an integrated and multidisciplinary vision. It seeks to train professionals capable of producing and disseminating knowledge, conducting research of scientific and/or technological interest, elaborating and executing projects, in addition to training for teamwork management and encouraging entrepreneurship. The program allows for training undergraduate and graduate students from UFPel programs and other educational institutions addressing research, technological development, and innovation in Biological Sciences II.

GRADUATES’ PROFILE

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Bioprospecting (PPGBBio) has as its mission the qualified academic training of masters and doctors with an integrated and multidisciplinary vision. The PPGBBio's mission and objectives are to train professionals capable of producing and disseminating knowledge, conducting research of scientific and/or technological interest, elaborating and executing projects, and preparing them to manage teamwork and encourage entrepreneurship. The program allows for educating undergraduate and graduate students from UFPel programs and other educational institutions addressing research, technological development, and innovation in Biological Sciences II. Specifically, graduates from Line 1 – Bioassays will learn to perform biochemical tests involving the biological action of synthetic and/or natural origin products. Graduates from Line 2 – Toxicology will have knowledge in toxicology in the sense of evaluating natural and/or synthetic substances in their technological aspect and determining the environmental impact of substances. Graduates from Line 3 – Bioactive Substances will know about planning and obtaining chemical substances with potential biochemical, biological, and pharmacological action by developing products for application in the health, food, or pharmaceutical sector. Thus, one can highlight the following: Masters graduating from the different PPGBBio research lines will be able to enter a doctoral program, as well as to work in teaching, research, extension, and technological innovation in their area of knowledge. In addition, they will be able to contribute by meeting the demands of society and the scientific community. PhD graduates from the different PPGBBio research lines will be able to coordinate teaching, research, technological innovation, and extension activities in Brazil and abroad as well as produce and disseminate knowledge in biochemistry and bioprospecting. Furthermore, graduates will be able to work in the industry and/or in teaching and research institutions, transmitting the knowledge acquired to society and the scientific community in general.

Area of Concentration

Biological Sciences II

Lines of Research

BIOASSAYS

Description:

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

 

BIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

Description:

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

 

TOXICOLOGY

Description:

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

MA COMPULSORY COURSES
Scientific Methodology (2 credits)
Seminars I (2 credits)
Seminars II (2 credits)
Teaching Internship I (2 credits)

PHD COMPULSORY COURSES
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)

MA AND PHD ELECTIVE COURSES
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)

Faculty

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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