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Douglas Moraes Mendel Soares


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

During his Ph.D. in Biochemistry (University of São Paulo, Brazil, including a short-term internship at University of Cambridge (UK)), he characterized a dioxygenase involved in the biosynthesis of betalains and hygroaurins, rare fungal pigments, from the fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria). Since 2019, he is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Fungal Bioluminescence Lab (Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil), including periods as visiting researcher at California State University East Bay (California, USA), Virginia State University (Virginia, USA), and Imperial College London (London, UK), working on projects covering several biochemical aspects of distinct bioluminescent systems. He collaborated as a research associate in a biotech project (2014-2018) funding by Natura (a Brazilian cosmetics company) and as a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for the Pharmacy/Biochemistry and Medicine courses (University of São Paulo, Brazil). Currently he is also a volunteer at the Brazilian Association of Synthetic Biology (SynBioBR).His main interest research topics include: biochemical and evolutionary aspects on the bioluminescence of fungi, millipedes, and marine organisms; molecular taxonomy, genomics, and transcriptomics of basidiomycete fungi; fungal synthetic biology of filamentous fungi; bioprospection of valuable metabolites from fungi; and environmental metagenomics using nanopore sequencing. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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