Mauricio Martins Rodrigues

Universidade Federal de Säo Paulo-Escola Paulista de Medicina, Brazil, Brazil


Mauricio M. Rodrigues obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1989. Until 1994, he performed postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Nussenzweig at the New York University, Ny, USA where he was also hired as an Assistant Professor. There, he performed pioneer studies, using recombinant viral vectors, to develop a malaria vaccine able to activate protective CD8 T cells. In 1994, Dr. Rodrigues became an Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology of the Federal University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil. He pursued means to induce protective CD8 T cells against different Brazilian pathogens including Plasmodium sp. and Trypanosoma cruzi. Dr. Rodrigues received awards from the Cancer Research Institute, Pew Latin American Fellow Program, US National Institutes of Health, INSERM, and FAPESP and is a Top Career Investigator at the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). He published in prestigious journals including Journal of Experimental Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), PLoS Pathogen, and J. Immunology. During the last 15 years in Brazil, Dr. Rodrigues had trained a number of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Rodrigues cofounded the first Center for Gene Therapy in Brazil, where he is currently working. In 2006, he became the Chair of immunology at the Institute of Biomedical Science, University of São Paulo.

Biography Updated on 18 January 2011

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