Marta de Lana
Marta de Lana was born in 1952 in the small town of Jaguaraçu, state of Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil. She received the Pharmacy degree with the major in clinical analysis and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in parasitology with the major in human protozoology, all from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil in the years of 1977, 1981, and 1992, respectively. In 1995 and 1996, she was in a postdoctoral program at the Institut de recherche pour le Développment (IRD), Montpellier, France. She got a position as a lecturer in 1982 and climbed to be nowadays a Professor of clinical parasitology at the Department of Clinical Analysis of the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), MG, Brazil. From 1993 to 1995 and from 2004 to 2010, she was a recipient of a scholarship from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil. Since 1982, she has been involved in different graduate programs as an advisor and as a professor (Biological Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate programs) at the Biological Science Institute and at the Pharmacy School of the Federal University of Ouro Preto. From 1998 to 2010, she was the Head of Animal Care Facilities of the Federal University of Ouro Preto. From 2001 to 2002 and 2006 to 2010, she was a Member of the Board of the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Committee and a Member of the Board of the Health Sciences Committee, respectively, at the Foundation for Research Support of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG). Presently, she is the Director of the Pharmacy School, UFOP, and the Institutional Coordinator of the State Network for Research on Pharmacological and Toxicological Tests of Drugs, Therapeutic Products and Pesticides, and of the State Network for the Animal Care Facilities, both funded by FAPEMIG. She serves currently as a Reviewer for the following journals: Experimental Parasitology, Biochemical Pharmacology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Acta Tropica, Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical and Revista Brasileira de Análises Clínicas. Her expertise and main interest is in the biology of Trypanosoma cruzi, experimental models, molecular and human epidemiology, diagnosis, experimental and human chemotherapy of the Chagas disease.