My research project

My qualifications

MSc. Marine Biology (MER Consortium, Europe)

MSc Thesis Project:
Title: Life at the edge: A study on the prokaryotic communities associated
with the Assale lake and its salt flat (Danakil Depression,
Supervisor: Prof. PhD Ricardo Amils Pibernat (CBMSO, Spain)
Universite de Bordeaux, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Universite de Liege
BSc. Biological Sciences (UFFRJ, Brazil)

BSc Dissertation Project:
Title: Study of a extremophilic community from the Atacama Desert,
Chile: characterization of a process of photosymbiosis
Supervisor: PhD Claudia Lage (UFRJ, Brazil)
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro

My publications


Youngchan Kim et al. (2021) Quantum Biology: An Update and Perspective
Understanding the rules of life is one of the most important scientific endeavours and has revolutionised both biology and biotechnology. Remarkable advances in observation techniques allow us to investigate a broad range of complex and dynamic biological processes in which living systems could exploit quantum behaviour to enhance and regulate biological functions. Recent evidence suggests that these non-trivial quantum mechanical effects may play a crucial role in maintaining the non-equilibrium state of biomolecular systems. Quantum biology is the study of such quantum aspects of living systems. In this review, we summarise the latest progress in quantum biology, including the areas of enzyme-catalysed reactions, photosynthesis, spin-dependent reactions, DNA, fluorescent proteins, and ion channels. Many of these results are expected to be fundamental building blocks towards understanding the rules of life
Florencio et al. (2020) The effect of the biflavonoid 2″,3″-dihydroochnaflavone on Trypanosoma cruzi Y strain
 is the causative agent of Chagas disease which affects 8 million people in Latin America. The parasite possesses high capacity to evade host immune system and the available drugs to treat Chagas disease present low efficacy combined to serious side effects to patients. Therefore, the identification of alternative therapeutics is essential. Brazilian flora exhibits an immense diversity of metabolites with great potential to be developed into new drugs. We investigated the action of 2″,3″-dihydroochnaflavone a biflavonoid extracted from  Eichler  Engl. (Ochnaceae) against  (Y strain). Our experiments showed that this compound is effective against parasite epimastigote forms, presenting IC50 value of (2.5 ± 0.1) μM after 96 h of treatment. Ultrastructure alterations were also detected in treated epimastigotes especially mitochondrial enlargement at the kinetoplast region. At the concentration of 30 μM, the compound killed (61.6 ± 3.37)% of the parasite in its amastigote form. In addition, at the same concentration, the compound killed all trypamastigotes growing within murine macrophages after 7–9 days of infection. Nonetheless, the biflavonoid concentrations were harmless to murine enriched population of lymphocytes and peritoneal macrophages. These results indicate that 2″,3″- dihydroochnaflavone presents activity against .
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