João B. T. Da Rocha0000-0001-8660-9084
João B.T. Rocha was born in Rio de Janeiro. He received his B.S. degree in biology in 1987 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He joined the Chemistry Department at the Federal University of Santa Maria in 1989, where he serves presently as a Professor of biochemistry. In 1996, he received his Ph.D. degree working on the interaction of Hg with mammalian ALA-D sulfhydryl groups. In 1997, he received a CNPq Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with calcium transport in brain endoplasmic reticulum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His current research interests include the development of new in vitro and in vivo methods to test the toxicity and potential therapeutic use of simple organochalcogenes. More recently, he has been interested in determining how simple synthetic diselenides can mimic the biology of selenium and how the formation of selenol group can counteract the toxicity of electrophiles such as methylmercury.
Biography Updated on 19 November 2013