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Paola Marcella Camargo Minoprio


Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Plataforma Científica Pasteur  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Graduated in Biomedicine (1978), has a specialization in Imunoparasitology (Institut Pasteur Lille, 1979), a MSc of Parasitology (University of São Paulo, Brazil, 1985) and Ph.D in Immunology (P6, Sorbonne Université, France, 1989). She had followed post-doctoral studies at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and The DNAX Research Center for Molecular and Cellular imunology, Palo Alto, USA. Obtained qualification in Business and Project Management (Institut pour le Développement économique et Technique, Paris, 2008) & a Master in Innovation & Intellectual Property Strategies (Strasbourg University, France, 2010). She is head of the laboratory Trypanosomatids Infectious Processes, Department of Global Health, at Institut Pasteur, Paris, where she has been working since 1984. From March 2018, she is coordinating the new Scientific Platform Pasteur-USP, at the University of São Paulo, a step towards the development of the ?Institut Pasteur do Brasil?. She was appointed by the French government in 2019 and for the next 3 years, French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEx). She held an Associate Professor position at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA, Maisons Alfort National Veterinary School), where she worked with bovine leukemia virus. In 1986, she was first placed on the concours of entry at the Institut Pasteur and undertook her career in the Departments of Immunology and Infection & Epidemiology, occupying successively the posts of Assistant Professor (Tenure track), Associate Professor and Senior Associate Professor, in charge of her Research Laboratory. She is the author of numerous scientific publications and holds a significant patent portfolio (U.S., Europe, Brazil , China, India). Supervised several masters and doctoral theses, organized a number of symposia and courses, including those of Immunology sponsored by Yakult in Brazil, contributing to the implementation of human resources in the area. Scientific expert for various national and international agencies and scientific journals, she was member of the WHO Steering Committee Pathogenesis & Applied Genomics (2004-07). She coordinated a postgraduate course at the University of Paris 6 and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. From 2000-05, negotiated and implemented the AMSUD / Pasteur network, a scientific and academic agreement between the Institut Pasteur and 55 MERCOSUR institutions. She was commissioned to act as General Coordinator of the Pole Americas of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes (RIIP). Conducted and settled the affiliation of FIOCRUZ to RIIP. Negotiated and implemented several bilateral cooperation agreements (i.e. FIOCRUZ / Pasteur, FAPESP / Pasteur), more than 20 regional MERCOSUR courses, several projects in partnership for AMSUD / Pasteur network and organized bio-entrepreneurship forums in Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. In 2015 she has implemented the tripartite agreement between Pasteur/FIOCRUZ/USP, aiming at the development of common initiatives between the partners. Her scientific approaches, mainly focusing on parasite mechanisms of escape and persistence in the host, basically aim at the development of therapeutic and / or diagnostic molecules using parasitic mitogens as targets. She pursues a multidisciplinary strategy that includes immunology, molecular and cell biology, and 2D and 3D imaging. Present researches mainly associate experimental models of Chagas? disease and of animal trypanosomosis, respectively, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and T. vivax. New integrative strategies with colleagues from USP and FIOCRUZ include experimental models for the study of central nervous system disorders also caused by arboviruses. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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