Oswaldo Keith Okamoto

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil


Oswaldo Keith Okamoto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology at the University of São Paulo. Dr. Okamoto earned his B.Sc. degree in biological sciences at the São Paulo State University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of São Paulo in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Before his first appointment as a professor in Brazilian academia, Dr. Okamoto worked from 2003 to 2006 as senior researcher and scientific coordinator of the Experimental Research Center at the Albert Einstein Education & Research Institute in São Paulo. His current research focuses on the interplay between stem cell biology and cancer, with emphasis on the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the stem cell-like phenotype in cancer cells, their role in tumor heterogeneity and aggressiveness, and the contribution of normal stem cells to tumor development and metastasis. Preclinical therapy studies for cancer and some neurological disorders comprise another major scientific interest of his group.

Biography Updated on 19 June 2018

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