Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions


The Graduate Program in Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions was created in 1976 and focuses on contemporary aspects of the parasite-vertebrate host and vector interactions, aiming at educating and training Master and PhD professionals, qualified to perform teaching and research activities in Brazil and abroad. It offers a flexible Curriculum grid, which allows students to take courses in several programs of excellence at the main USP campus, in São Paulo, as well as in other campuses and other Brazilian universities. Another unique feature of our program is that students have several opportunities to carry out field studies. The Department of Parasitology keeps advanced laboratories in the states of Rondônia and Acre, dedicated to studies on many endemic parasitic diseases of medical and veterinary interest. There is an average of 25 registered supervisors in the program; most of them are faculty members of the Department of Parasitology. The program aims at offering an extensive education/training in three wide lines of research: 1. Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology of Pathogens and their Vectors; 2. Epidemiology of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases; 3. Immunology of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases.

In its more than 40 years of existence, the Program has trained more than 500 graduate students. The average annual number of students is around 70-90 (MSc and PhDs), from all regions of Brazil and from abroad. Our program was the first to establish formal double-degree MSc and PhD agreements with the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Groningen (Netherlands), respectively. Our graduate students receive scholarships from different funding agencies in Brazil and abroad. The market absorbs our alumni mainly as scholars, instructors and researchers in public and private institutions, either in Brazil or abroad.


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Address: Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 1374; Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas II; São Paulo, Brazil; 05508-900