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Mônica Alonso Cotta


Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

M.A.Cotta graduated (B.Sc. in Physics,1984), with M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in Physics, at the University of Campinas. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at AT & T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, USA, 1991-1993). She is currently full professor (MS6) and director (2021-2025), at the Institute of Physics, "Gleb Wataghin", University of Campinas. A former member of the scientific board of Brazilian Materials Research Society (2016-2018), she currently serves as its President (2020-2024). She is executive editor of the journal ACS Applied Nano Materials and member of the editorial advisory board of the journal Accounts of Materials Research. She is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Canada. Her research projects explore the areas of Materials Science and Biological Physics, with focus on the study of advanced semiconductor nanomaterials, from synthesis to biosensor fabrication, as well as applications of optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy to basic investigations on biomaterials and biological systems. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the researcher:
La fortaleza que brinda la unión 
United they are strong 
For people and plants 
Para la gente y para las plantas 
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Strength in union

Published in October 20, 2016 - Pesquisa FAPESP. Physicists and biologists investigate how Xylella fastidiosa bacteria assemble into biofilms. In the video produced by Pesquisa Fapesp, physicists Mônica Cotta and Carlos Lenz Cesar from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), and biologist Alessandra de Souza, researcher at the Sylvio Moreira Citriculture Center of the Campinas Institute of Agronomy (IAC), revisit the collaborative process leading to the description of this biofilm. The disease it causes endangers plants of economic importance, such as orange and olive trees.
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