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Hernan Chaimovich Guralnik

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Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Química (IQ)  (Institutional affiliation for the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Chile

How he became a biochemist was described in IUBMB Life, 60(2): 139?143, 2008. Professional Degree in Biochemistry, Universidad de Chile (1957- 1962). Research Fellow: University of California, Santa Barbara, Chemistry (1965-66), CA Bunton; Harvard University, Chemistry (1966-67), FH Westheimer; Privat-Dozent, Universidad de Chile (1968); PhD, Biochemistry (1979), Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo (IQUSP); Privat-Dozent (1979), IQUSP; Associate Professor (1980), IQUSP; Full Professor (1984), IQUSP. Learned Societies: a) Brazil: Brazilian Academy of Sciences (1979), Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1973), Brazilian Chemistry Society (1978, Founding Member), Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (1970); b) Latin-American Academy of Sciences (ACAL) (1995), Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)(2000), Foreign Member of the Academies of Science of Chile (2004) and Venezuela (2006), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1995). Prizes and Honors: Humboldt-Hauptmann Prize in Chemistry (1966)(USP), PABMB Medal Lecture (2005), TWAS Medal Lecture (2006), Brazilian Order of Merit in Science and Technology (1995, 2000), Butantan Medal, State of São Paulo, Brazil (2005). Teaching Assistant, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the Universidad de Chile (1960 1969); Research Fellow, Visiting Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) (1969- to date). Chairperson, Departmento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Química (IQ) USP (1985? 1989, 1994- 1996); Director, School of Molecular Sciences, USP (1990-1994); Research Chancellor, USP (1997-2001); Director, IQUSP (2002-2006); Vice-Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, USP (2006- 2010). President, Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1994-1996); President, Board of Trustees, Instituto Butantan, Brazil (1997? 2005); Member, Board of Directors of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) (1997- 2005); Vice-President, ABC (2005- 2015); Member, National Council of Science and Technology (CCT) of Brazil (2006 2008); Member of the Council of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil (2006 2008); National Member, EB ICSU (2002- 2005); Vice-President, ICSU (2005-2008); Co-Chair, Inter-American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS)(2004- 2007, 2007 -2010); President of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq (2015 - 2016 ). Early contributions to enzymology, with apyrase and phosphotyrosine phosphatase, are still recognized. Later he described one of the first artificial surfactant systems forming vesicles, contributing to the birth of a part of nanosciences. By elaborating conceptual frameworks for the quantitative analysis of reaction rates in aggregated systems, he has advanced the understanding of interfacial effects on chemical and biological reactivity. Micelles and vesicles have been used to describe the diverse chemical and physical transitions, specificity of ion binding to interfaces and as models to investigate the origin of life. He has supervised thirty five graduate thesis in his field of expertise. His research group is, and has been, supported by Brazilian Granting Agencies. His current interests include the analysis of ion-binding specificity on shape changes of supramolecular aggregates and the applications thereof. Professor Chaimovich also contributes to the current debates with research and opinions on Higher Education, Science, Technology and Policy. These contributions have been published in journals, book chapters and articles in the Brazilian media. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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