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Institution: Co-founded GeneWEAVE

Leo is a master operator, scholar, and scientist with extensive experience in building and leading the product development and operational efforts for companies, including Roche, ITP and GeneWEAVE. In his previous roles, Leo created and led teams that established a standard way to develop innovative diagnostics that incorporated machine learning driven development processes in the critical care environment and was responsible for the growth, sustainability, strategic planning and P&L of companies. Leo co-founded GeneWEAVE, a diagnostics company that developed rapid tests to detect and guide therapy choice for serious infections, which was acquired by Roche in 2015.

Leo received his BS and MS from Universidade Federal de Vicosa and his PhD in microbiology from Cornell University. He lives in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Leo is a co-founder, board member and Chief Operating Officer of Endpoint Health. He leverages his dynamic interests and skill set to oversee Endpoint Health’s clinical studies, product development and logistics efforts and guide the company towards its next groundbreaking achievement.



Institution: School of Biological Sciences, Quee’s University Belfast, Norther Ireland

Dr. Linda Boniface Oyama is a microbiologist with a substantial track record in publishing within the field of microbiology in relation to tackling key societal challenges including infectious diseases in the clinical and agricultural sectors. She is currently studying livestock gastrointestinal tract microbiomes, with a particular focus on understanding the evolution and dispersal of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Specifically, I have expertise in meta-‘omic approaches to study gut microbiomes for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance and the discovery of novel antimicrobials within livestock microbiome to combat the challenges of AMR. In the last 6 years, Dr. Oyama's research has resulted in excellence in the design, implementation and analyses of multi-‘omic datasets, including metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics, pioneering the combination of in-silico and wet-lab molecular microbiology approaches to escalate drug discovery research addressing the imminent antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem facing veterinary and human medicine.



Institution: Departamento de Microbiologia, Imunologia e Parasitologia ICBS/UFRGS, Brazil

Professora da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Departamento de Microbiologia, Parasitologia e Imunologia. Professora Visitante na University of Washington (2020). Doutora em Ciências Médicas (2010) e Mestre em Ciências Farmacêuticas pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2005). Tem experiência na área de microbiologia atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: Resistência Bacteriana, Controle de Infecção e One Health. Professora do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Microbiologia Agrícola e do Ambiente/ UFRGS e do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Farmacêuticas/UFRGS; Pesquisadora do Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa em Resistência Antimicrobiana - INPRA/LABRESIS/HCPA/UFRGS e do Núcleo de Bioinformática/HCPA. Bolsista Produtividade de Pesquisa CNPq.

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Institution: Departamento de Biologia Geral da Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Brazil

Sérgio Oliveira de Paula é professor e pesquisador do Departamento de Biologia Geral da Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) onde desenvolve pesquisas com arbovírus, que são vírus transmitidos por mosquitos, como dengue, mayaro, zika, febre amarela e atualmente com SARS-COV-2. No laboratório coordenado pelo professor são desenvolvidas pesquisas com diagnóstico sorológico e molecular de dengue e Zika, vacinas contra a Covi-19 e dengue e modelos animais de doenças como a artralgia causada pelo vírus Mayaro. 

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Institution: Auditor Fiscal Federal Agropecuário do MAPA

Hideraldo José Coelho – Auditor Fiscal Federal Agropecuário do MAPA.

Engenheiro Agrônomo pela UFV (1985), Especialista em Tecnologia de Produção de Fertilizantes pela USP/ESALQ (2008)



Institution: Systems and Synthetic Biology Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Jens Nielsen has a PhD degree (1989) from DTU and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor to Chalmers, Sweden, and in 2019 as CEO of the BioInnovation Institute, Denmark. Jens Nielsen has published 800+ papers that have been cited >80,000 times and his current H-index is 130. Jens Nielsen has supervised more than 100 PhD students and more than 75 post doctoral researchers. He is inventor of 50+ patents and founder of several biotech companies. He has received numerous awards, including the Nature Mentor, ENI Award and the Eric and Sheila Samson Primeministers Prize for Transportation Fuels, and he is member of the several academies including National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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Institution: Technical University of Denmark

José Luis Martínez is currently holding a position as Associate Professor and Head of the Fermentation core at the Technical University of Denmark, in Copenhagen. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Córdoba, where he studied molecular mechanisms of cell stress responses using yeast as model organisms, with a special focus on salt and oxidative stress responses and –omics analyses. Shortly after graduating cum laude, he joined Jens Nielsen’s group at Chalmers University of Technology as postdoctoral researcher, in 2011. His work was dedicated to design efficient yeast cell factories for recombinant protein production, and developing efficient fermentation processes for upscaling production. In 2016 obtained a position as Assistant Professor and Head of Fermentation at DTU Bioengineering, Denmark, and got his tenure in 2019 as Associate Professor, currently leading the Yeast Biotechnology and Fermentation lab. His main research focus is the screening and development of non-conventional yeast as superior cell factories for industrial fermentation processes, exploring novel hosts with improved beneficial traits that can be advantageous for their use in greener biotech processes.



Institution: University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Degree in Pharmacy Science and Biochemistry; Master in Food Safety Technology (University of Parma – UNIPR – Italy); Quality Controler at Parmalat Itália S.p.A; PhD in Food Science and Technology (UNIPR – Italy); Post Doctorate in Agrifood Biotechnology in the Graduate Program in Bioprocess and Biotechnology Engineering (Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, Brazil); Founder of Incorpore Foods Ltda (Brazil) and Nutriplus S.r.l. (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) at the Department of Food Science and Technology and Permanent Professor of the Postgraduate Programs in Food Science (PPGCAL – UFSC, Brazil) and Biotechnology and Biosciences (PPGBTC – UFSC, Brazil). Food industry consultant in process and technology development with over 60 SKUs currently on the world market. Member of the International Dairy Federation (FIL-IDF) on the Hygiene and Safety Committee.

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Institution: R&D Lead at Escarpment Laboratories, a yeast company based in Guelph, Ontario

Dr Eugene Fletcher is the Research and Development (R&D) Lead at Escarpment Laboratories, a yeast company based in Guelph, Ontario. He joined the company in December 2020 to drive research and innovation at the company and help implement product development. At Escarpment Labs, he brings together his expertise in data analysis, biochemistry and microbial physiology to run an active research program aimed at developing yeast strains for the competitive craft brewing industry in Canada and abroad.

Eugene has a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he developed synthetic biology tools to study microbial stress. Following his PhD in 2014, he received postdoctoral training at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden), Technical University of Denmark and at the University of Ottawa.

Eugene has a provisional US patent application pending and is passionate about moving ideas from the lab bench to market.



Institution: UFV, atualmente é pesquisador  da empresa Microbiologia Veterinária Especial (Microvet)

Em 1965 concluí o curso de Agronomia na Universidade Rural do Estado de Minas Gerais (UREMG, atualmente UFV) obtendo o título de Engenheiro Agrônomo. Em 1966 iniciei minha atividade profissional no Departamento de Agronomia da UREMG e no ano seguinte fui transferido para o Departamento de Microbiologia/UREMG onde permaneci até minha aposentadoria. Em 1967, além das atividades de professor, matriculei no curso de Mestrado em Microbiologia Agrícola oferecido pela UFV que foi concluído em 1971. Nesse período ministrei aulas das disciplinas de graduação Microbiologia Geral, Microbiologia de Alimentos e Microbiologia do Solo.  A partir de 1973 estive na Universidade da Califórnia/EUA, no campus de Berkeley, no programa de Doutorado do Departamento de Fitopatologia, estudando plasmídeos em bactérias fitopatogênicas. O curso foi concluído em final de 1976 e em 1977 recebi da Instituição o diploma de Ph.D. A partir de 1978, na UFV,  passei a ministrar as disciplinas de Pós-Graduação como Genética de Microrganismos e Laboratório de Microbiologia, além de continuar participando na disciplina de graduação Microbiologia Geral.  Fui coordenador do Curso de Pós-Graduação em Microbiologia Agrícola/UFV de 1982 a 1990. Entre 1985 a 1992 fui bolsista do CNPq. Em 1991 segui para os EUA para o programa de Pós-Doutorado na Universidade da Flórida/Gainesville, no Departamento de Microbiologia e Biologia Molecular, pesquisando a produção de etanol por bactérias recombinantes.  No período de outubro/92 a outubro/93 atuei como Chefe do Departamento de Microbiologia/UFV. Participei da Câmara de Ciências Biológicas e Biotecnologia da FAPEMIG entre 1996 a 1999. Ao longo dos anos na UFV orientei vários estudantes do Curso de Pós-Graduação em Microbiologia Agrícola, fui membro de bancas examinadoras de tese de Mestrado e de Doutorado, participei de congressos científicos, estive envolvido em projetos de pesquisas financiados por fontes externas e publiquei 29 artigos científicos. Em outubro de 1993 aposentei como professor Titular do Departamento de Microbiologia/UFV.  No ano de 1998 ingressei na Microvet, uma empresa produtora de vacinas para animais, na função de pesquisador na qual permaneço até hoje.

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Institution: Federal University of Viçosa (UFV)

I am Graduated in Chemical Engineering (1995), Master's (1998) and PhD (2002) in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia. In 2015/2016, post-doctorate at North Carolina State University (NC State), Raleigh (USA), in Innovation Management field. Since 2007, professor and researcher at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), in the Department of Production and Mechanical Engineering (DEP), where I was Head of Department, from 2017-2019. Currently, I am the Executive Director of the Viçosa Regional Development Technological Center (CenTev / UFV), a body that brings together the Business Incubator, the Viçosa Technological Park (tecnoPARQ), the Junior Firms Center and the Social Development Center (Nudese). I am the Presidente Director of Innovation Network of Minas Gerais State Association (RMI). I am the coordinator of the Public Policy Advisory Chamber of Funding Agency of Minas Gerais State (Fapemig). I am research at the Professional Master in Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property (MPITIP) at UFMG and at the Master in Economics at UFV. I am Coordinator of the lato sensu postgraduate course in Production Management. I am Tutor of the Tutorial Education Program (PET) of the production engineering course. At UFV, from 2011 to 2015, I was Director of CenTev; and from 2007 to 2011 and Coordinator of the Business Incubator. I was a member of the Technology Transfer Office, from 2008-2015. I have coordinated the creation of the Electronic Review of Production&Engineering (2008). I was Director of RMI, management 2013/2014 and Director of the Brazilian Association of Production Engineering (Abepro), management 2010/2011, where I currently participate in the Undergraduate Working Group. My priority fields of research are: innovation management and product development. I am the leader of the research and technological extension group, Management Technologies Center (NTG).



Institution: UK Medical Research Council (MRC)

Fadil Bidmos obtained a BSc degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria before moving to the University of Leicester, UK where he successfully completed MSc and PhD degrees in Molecular Genetics.

His research has focussed on the areas of phase variation of bacterial surface antigens, meningococcal carriage studies and preclinical vaccine development. Highlights include the first in vitro demonstration of the link between DNA repeat tract length and gene expression in Campylobacter jejuni (Bayliss et al., 2012); and elucidation of the effect of the adaptive immune response to carriage, when present, on meningococcal genetic diversity (Alamro et al., 2014). His doctoral research included an investigation into the contributions of two iron-acquisition systems to meningococcal virulence using an ex vivo  human whole blood model and the vaccine candidacy of these systems (Bidmos et al., 2015). He has also successfully optimised and applied advanced tools in the cloning of human monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) to the discovery of meningococcal vaccine candidate antigens (Bidmos et al., 2018).  

He is a recipient of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award (2019 - 2024) and his current interests are in the development of cost-effective bacterial vaccines using advanced approaches such as Reverse Vaccinology 2.0 (RV 2.0) and in vivo glycoengineering. Ongoing research also includes studies utilising advanced hmAb cloning tools to assess the breadth of the adaptive immune response to: experimental human challenge; bacterial vaccines; disseminated infection (specifically in childhood diseases); and autoimmunity.

He has supported and continues to support learning of undergraduate and postgraduate students including those from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He has lectured on the 4th year Paediatric Infectious Diseases module and tutored several Problem-based learning groups in the Department. He was awarded Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2016 in recognition of his teaching standards.



Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)

Professora Associada de Microbiologia e Imunologia do curso de Odontologia do Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia ICT/UNESP-São José dos Campos e Bolsista de Produtividade em Pesquisa do CNPq/PQ-1C. Possui graduação em Odontologia (1998), mestrado em Biopatologia Bucal (2001), doutorado em Biopatologia Bucal (2003) e livre-docência em Microbiologia e Imunologia (2011) pela Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho/UNESP. Realizou estágio de pesquisa no Departamento de Doenças Infecciosas do Massachusetts General Hospital na Harvard Medical School nos Estados Unidos (2010) e no Departamento de Doenças Infecciosas do Rhode Island Hospital na Brown University nos Estados Unidos (2014). Atuou como Professora Visitante Sênior na Brown University (EUA) pelo Programa Cátedra CAPES (2016) e no Instituto de Microbiologia e Infecção da University of Birmingham (UK) pelo Programa CAPES-PRINT (2020). Foi Coordenadora do Programa de Pós-graduação em Biopatologia Bucal (2013-2016) e Presidente da Comissão de Biossegurança (2007-2012) do ICT/UNESP. Atualmente, é coordenadora da Rede de Pesquisa Internacional ?Estratégias terapêuticas, regenerativas e restauradoras para manutenção da saúde bucal? (CAPES/PRINT/UNESP), membro da Comissão Permanente de Pesquisa do ICT/UNESP e líder do grupo de pesquisa do CNPq Modelos de infecção experimental em invertebrados. Coordenou 8 projetos de pesquisa financiados pela FAPESP (Auxílios à pesquisa-Regular), coordena um projeto de pesquisa internacional financiado pelo Office of Naval Research Global (ONR/EUA) e um projeto Universal CNPq. Participa como assessora ad hoc de agências de fomento à pesquisa nacionais e internacionais, incluindo FAPESP (Brasil), CNPq (Brasil), Narodowe Centrum Nauki (Polônia), National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (Reino Unido) e NWO Open Competition Domain Science (Holanda). Publicou 18 capítulos de livros e mais de 130 artigos em revistas científicas, com aproximadamente 1.500 citações e índice H igual a 25 no Web of Science (Publons). Recebeu mais de 50 prêmios ou menções honrosas em reuniões científicas. Atua como membro do corpo editorial da revista Virulence (FI 4.77) e Journal of Fungi (FI 4.61), além de participar como consultora ad hoc dos periódicos Archives of Oral Biology, Brazilian Oral Research, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers in Microbiology, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, Mycoses, Mycoscience, Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, Pathogens & Diseases, Plos One, SpringerPlus e Yeast. Orientou vários alunos de pós-graduação e Iniciação Científica. Atualmente, orienta 3 alunos de pós-doutorado, 5 alunos de doutorado, 1 de mestrado e 4 de Iniciação Científica. Desenvolve projetos em parceria com várias instituições nacionais e internacionais. Tem experiência na área de Odontologia, com ênfase em Microbiologia e Imunologia, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: microbiologia bucal, probióticos, terapia fotodinâmica, interação patógeno-hospedeiro e modelos de infecção experimental.



Institution: Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC)

Rafael S. C de Souza focuses on investigating how plant-microbe interactions modulate plant growth and health under stressful conditions. During his PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioinformatics, he worked on unraveling the structure and function of the sugarcane microbiome and its implication for sustainable crop production. At the Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC), he oversees the microbiome research area that is focused on exploring the mechanisms by which plant-microbe interactions increase plant tolerance against environmental stresses. He is also co-founder of Symbiomics, a company that explores the microbiome to develop biologicals that improve plant productivity and health.


Institution: Federal University of Juiz de Fora

Alessandra is a professor and a researcher at the Departament of Parasitology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition (2004), a Master’s degree (2006), a PhD (2011) in Agricultural Microbiology from the Federal University of Viçosa and post-doctorate in Microbiology at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (2017). Currently, she is an advisor at the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, developing research in the following areas: probiotics, probiogenomics, intestinal microbiota, microbiome and microbial pathogenesis. She is also the author of two books entitled “Microbiota Gastrintestinal: Evidências de sua influência na Saúde e na Doença” (1st and 2nd editions) and “Microbiologia Bucal e Aplicada” (1st edition). Since April 2020, she has been working voluntarily in the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of COVID-19 at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora.


Institution: Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), Ireland

Prof Paul Cotter is the Head of Food Biosciences at Teagasc and a Principal Investigator with the large Irish Research Centres, APC Microbiome Ireland, Vistamilk and Food for Health Ireland. He also co-ordinates an EU H2020 Innovation Action relating to microbiomes and the food chain, MASTER (€10.9 mi budget). Paul also heads the Teagasc DNA high throughput sequencing facility. He is a molecular microbiologist, with a particular focus on the microbiology of foods, the food chain and of humans as well as antimicrobial peptides/bacteriocins. Prof Cotter’s laboratory are multiple winners at the Irish Laboratory of the Year Awards, he has received awards from the Society for Applied Microbiology, ESCMID and FEMS, and heads the Applied Microbiology section within Faculty of 1000 (Biology). Prof Cotter is also the author of >350 peer-reviewed publications resulting from research funded by industry as well as funding agencies in Ireland, Europe and the US and was included in the Clarivate list of highly cited researchers for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Paul is also a co-founder and CTO of SeqBiome, a spin-out company that provide custom DNA sequencing and bioinformatics services for microbiome analysis.


Institution: Western Sydney University, Australia 

Dr. Jonathan Plett is a senior lecturer in plant-microbe interactions at Western Sydney University, Australia. Dr. Plett did his PhD at Queen's University in Canada in the area of plant hormone perception and disease immunity. The aim of his research program is to compare and contrast the genetic traits that underpin the relationship of pathogenic and mutualistic microbes with their hosts. One of the key areas of focus for Dr. Plett is the role of microbial signals in establishing and manipulating the outcome of these interactions.  Dr. Plett uses plant hosts from forestry and agricultural contexts combined with their associated oomycete, fungal, and bacterial partners to tackle these complex questions. He specializes in combining a range of different techniques from molecular biology and biochemistry, including genomic and transcriptomic analysis, protein:protein interaction assays, enzymatic tests as well as the creation and characterization of mutant organisms to achieve his research goals.


Institution: Reference Center for Lactobacilli (CERELA-CONICET), Argentina

Dr. Medina is a Doctor in Biochemistry from the National University of Tucumán (UNT), Argentina. She currently works as Researcher in charge of the Technological Ecophysiology Laboratory, the Reference Center for Lactobacilli (CERELA-CONICET) and as Associate Professor of the Public Health Chair of the Faculty of Agronomy and Zootechnics of the UNT. Since 2019, she is responsible for the Bacterial Biotechnology Chair at the San Antonio de Murcia Catholic University, Spain. Her main research focus is the screening of lactic acid bacteria with enzymatic activity for the development of functional foods for human health or animal production. She has directed seven doctoral theses and published scientific articles in international journals, as well as participating as a lecturer in numbers of postgraduate courses and national and international conferences.


Institution: University of Arizona, USA

Professor  of Environmental Science

University of Arizona

Director, UA Superfund Research Program

  • PhD in Microbiology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Women of Influence Mentorship Award

    • Inside Tucson Business, Spring 2017


Institution: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Professor titular UFRJ. Visiting Professor na University of California at Davis (UC Davis), membro da CTNBIO (sub-área Meio Ambiente e sub-área Vegetal) e de grupos técnicos do Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Embrapa, SBM e MCTI. Graduado em Ciências Biológicas, com mestrado em Microbiologia pelo Instituto de Microbiologia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Doutor em Ciências (Microbiologia) pela UFRJ/ Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Wageningen, Holanda, pós-doutorado na UFRJ. Pesquisador Associado do AquaRio, Coordenador da Rede internacional MMI (Mangroves Microbiome Initiative ( Desenvolve pesquisas nas áreas de Microbiologia de Solos e de ambientes extremos, Microbiologia de Manguezais, Biotecnologia e biorremediação de petróleo e derivados. Foi um dos fundadores da ECOCYCLE (Startup de Biotecnologia e Serviços Ambientais/BioRio) e do Pólo de Biotecnologia BIOINOVAR da UFRJ. Recebeu prêmios nacionais e Internacionais, destacando: Out of the Bule Box 2018 (Great Barrier Reef Foundation-Austrália); Menção Honrosa no Prêmio Capes de Teses 2006 (CB III); Prêmio Capes de Teses 2013 ( Engenharias II), Prêmio Gilberto Velho 2013 (melhor tese da UFRJ); prêmio Oscar Niemeyer 2013 e prêmio Vale-Capes 2013 entre outros.


Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil

Possui graduação em Ciências Biológicas pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1988), e mestrado e doutorado em Genética e Biologia Molecular pelo Departamento de Genética e Evolução (UNICAMP), com estágio de doutorado sanduiche no Institute for Plant Protection (IPO-DLO), Holanda. Atualmente é pesquisadora Nivel B e diretora associada do CPQBA (Centro Pluridisciplinar de Pesquisas Químicas, Biológicas e Agrícolas) da UNICAMP. Tem experiência na área de Microbiologia Ambiental, Ecologia e Metagenômica Microbiana. Suas pesquisas têm como principais interesses a compreensão da composição e funcionamento de comunidades microbianas e de suas interações, com foco em ambientes associados a petróleo e ênfase nos processos de biodegradação de hidrocarbonetos. A abordagem metagenômica também é usada como ferramenta para a bioprospecção da diversidade não cultivada e elucidação de vias metabólicas desconhecidas.


Institution: EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente, Brasil

Graduado em Engenharia Agronômica pela Universidade Federal de Alagoas, mestrado e doutorado em Genética e melhoramento de plantas pela Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz da Universidade de São Paulo. Fez dois Pós-Doutorados na Universidade de Londres, um no Kings College e outro no Birckbeck College, na área de biologia molecular. Atualmente é pesquisador da EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente.  Dr. Melo´s research is focused on developing a basic understanding of how to evaluate and control microbial activity in disturbed and extreme environments. He has been influencing research areas of study within the environmental sciences arena, with efforts in biodiversity and bioprospection in the Brazilian mangroves, the Bioma Caatinga and the Antarctica. Some research lines include studies on bacterial diversity of mangrove and use of fungi in biological control of plant disease, ecology of endophytes and bioremediation of contaminated soils.