Student Participants

We are thrilled to welcome a new, talented group of students from the Universidade de São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP) in 2016. This group was selected for one-year research experiences in laboratories in the Harvard medical area. For additional details on the 16 students who are spending time at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School (HMS), please view their biographies below.

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FMUSP Students at Harvard in 2016

Adler Araújo Ribeiro Melo

Student of the third year of the University of São Paulo Medical School. Has held leadership positions at several institutions from the Medical School, having acted at Student’s Union Oswaldo Cruz, Scientific Department, Junior Enterprise Med Jr., and Medical Academic Extension. Has also been director of diverse academic leagues, such as Rheumatic Fever Prevention, Surgical Technique and Experimental Surgery, Liver Transplant and Surgery leagues. Also acted as a voluntary math teacher at a NGO for vulnerable students. Is currently developing a project which attempts to predict factors associated with primary liver failure after transplantation. The project is being developed with MD Luciana Haddad and MD Igor Lepski, both members of the Liver Transplantation Service from the FMUSP Clinics Hospital. Is one of the creator of I Ernesto de Sousa Campos Prize, which plans to select the best Professors according to students and aims to valorize Professor who dedicate time to teaching activity and leave a priceless legacy for their students.

Caio Augusto Alves Pereira

Caio is currently enrolled in his third year at the USP Medical School. He is conducting scientific initiation research on collagen expression pattern in the tendinopathy of the posterior tibial tendon under the tutelage of Walcy Teodoro. Caio is Director of the Academic League of Oncology and a member of the Coronary Artery Disease, Clinical Emergencies and Childhood Obesity Leagues. He has served as a volunteer in the MedEnsina program. 

Clara Oliveira Gomes dos Santos

Clara  is a third year Medicine student of  the University of São Paulo’s Medical School. In the research field, the student is developing, oriented by the Professor and Doctor Eduardo Mekitarian Filho, a clinical study that intends to correlate clinical, laboratory, radiologic and anathomopathologic aspects of the child with acute appendicites. Clara also takes part of the Clinical Oncology League in the Oncology Institute of São Paulo (ICESP) and of the Pediatric Oncology League in the Child Cancer Institute of São Paulo (Itaci). In adittion, the student is an academic directress of Bandeira Científica Project, wich is a volunteer program made by students of University of São Paulo that offers medical assistence for vunerable cities of Brazil.

Diego Pestana

Diego is currently a third year student of Medical School at University of São Paulo. His main line of research is epithelial injuries of vascular bed due to arterial hypertension. He has been trained in histological techniques  and tissue preparation procedures. Also he is president of the Athletics, used to lead with organization of big events and has a huge background at teamwork and leadership. In 2015 was elected a Representant of Students at the Medical School Congregation.

Ederson Evaristo

Ederson is currently in his third year of Medical School, at the USP Medical School.  He is president of the Dyslipidemia League at the Heart Institute (InCor). He is one of the creators of the Medical Sexology League of FMUSP. In addition, he is one of the directors of the Rheumatic Fever League. In 2014, he was the vice president of Casa do Estudante de Medicina (a house lodging 54 medical students, provided by FMUSP), and for two months he was the financial director. His research is in cardiac regeneration in the Laboratory of Genetics and Molecular Cardiology at the Heart Institute (InCor), under the supervision of Jose Krieger.

Erikson Hoff

Erikson is currently on his fourth year of Medical School, at São Paulo University. Throughout last year he joined a research group in the field of oncology. His work was related to the isolation of circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, comparing their count, and immunocytochemistry characterization with the evolution of the disease/response to treatment through imaging. He is a medalist athlete of the university track team and also a member and ex-director of the students theatre group. Former member of the academic leagues of Clinical Oncology, Urology and Ophthalmology.

Fernando Stocco

Fernando is a third year medical student at University of São Paulo Medical School. Current director and volunteer Physics teacher at a social project called Curso Pré-Vestibular MedEnsina, aimed at teaching people who do not have enough money to pay for private education. Fernando has been working for three years at a research lab focused on finding new targets of oncogenic KRAS in non small cell lung cancer, mentored by Daniela Sanchez Bassères. President of the Rheumatic Fever League, a student ininiative, along with several doctors, that aims to help ambulatorial treatment of patients with mild and severe rheumatic carditis. At Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Fernando will be working with Dr Richard Verrier, a lab focused on cardiac effects of air pollution and cardiac arrithmias.

Gabriela Amaral

Gabriela Amaral is a 20 year old student from FMUSP. She is very interested in sports and volunteer work. Since the begining of her Medical course, she joins the  track and field team and is now director of a universitary project that provides medical care to vulnerable population in countryside of Brazil. In addition, she has joined a two month expedition in India, teaching English to women and children that had never the oportunity of going to school.  She is very excited to research in Harvard Medical School.

Gabriella Vargas De Marco

Gabriella De Marco is currently enrolled in the 4th year of medical school in the University of São Paulo medical school. She is member in a research project concerning possible relation between oxidative stress and inflammation markers and also Monitor in the Discipline of Gynecology. She was second vice-president of the Students’ Union in her second year, during which she was also the Editor of the Students’ Newspaper and students’ representative in the Congregation and Graduation Commission. She also held a position of leadership during the Curricular Review process that took place in USP Faculty of Medicine. In that same year, she received a grant from the Brazilian Ministry of Health to study the public health system with emphasis in primary care and develop a report about it. In 2014, she was Coordinator in a social project called MedEnsina, where she has also been a teacher since 2013. Apart from those activities, she has also been a member of the students’ drama club (2012-2014) and has participated in academic leagues (projects meant to attend to people in need) in the areas of Otorhinolaryngology (of which she was also coordinator), Pre-Natal Care and Acupuncture.

Guilherme dos Santos Perez

Guilherme is a third-year medical student at University of São Paulo with an entrepreneurial spirit. He was President of the Clinical Anatomy League during 2015, having given lectures during the League's introductory course in 2014 and also during the Anatomy Workshop of the 33rd (2014) and 34th (2015) Universitary Medical Congress of University of São Paulo Medical School. In 2015, he is Director of the League of Surgical Technique and Experimental Surgery and Director of the Rheumatic Heart Disease League, where he is focused on marketing, promoting and organizing the 17th Edition of the LCFR’s annual Electrocardiography Course. He mentored undergraduate students on General and Musculoskeletal Anatomy during the first semester of 2014 and was a member the of Computing section of the FMUSP Scientific Department in 2014. His current interests include the cardiopulmonary system and cardiology.

Klára Kapronezai Winstanley

Klára Kapronezai is currently a student in the third year of University of Sâo Paulo’s Medical School, and works in a Research project on Non-Alcoholic Steatotic Hepatitis findings in ultrassound and altered hepatic enzymes. She is also the President of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery League and Sleep Medicine League, and one of the directors of “Revista de Medicina”, the Medical Journal edited by the Faculty undergraduates. Klára has participated in the organization of three editions of the University Academic Medical Congress as well as in the organization of the Oswaldo Cruz Academic Center Art Exposition first and second editions. During her first year, learned cell cultivation basic techniques and has been participating, since her second year, of the Academic Medical Extension -  a project which provides medical assistance to low income areas of São Paulo.

Lucas D'Andréa Pereira Sousa

Student of the third year of the Faculty of Medicine of University of São Paulo. Former student of Electrical engineering from 2010 to 2012. Currently researching salt overload effects on renal morphology as an alumni of scientific initiation of Silvia Lacchini’s laboratory. Current treasurer of the social project called Curso Pré-Vestibular Med Ensina. Volunteer biology teacher at the same social project. Discent representant of the department of Pathology of the Faculty of Medicine of University of São Paulo. Director of the League of Pathology at the same university. Member of the league of clinical anatomy. Former member of the league of thyroid.  Selected to work with professor Joseph Brain at HSPH.

Naira Link

Naira Link is currently a student in the third year of University of Sâo Paulo’s Medical School, and former student of Technician Course of Informatics at Estadual University of São Paulo (UNESP). Current president of the “Departamento Científico", an institution that is responsible for assisting students in extracurricular activities (such as leagues and research), publishing the “Revista de Medicina”, the Medical Journal edited by the Faculty undergraduates and organizing the “Congresso Médico Universitário” (COMU), a Medical congress organized by students. In fact, she was a member of the COMU staff during three editions - this year, she was the president of Scientific Prizes of the XXXIV COMU. During her first year, she got the first prize at “Olimpíadas USP do Comhecimento”, a contest for students of the University. Member since 2013 and former director of the Academic Medical Extension -  a project which provides medical assistance to low income areas of São Paulo. She has participated in some leagues, such as hypertension, pathology, neurosurgery and current director of Trauma Surgery League. Finally, works in a Research project on Gilbert's Syndrome, a genetic deficiency of an enzyme at liver that causes a mild jaundice that gets worse when the body is under stress. This Syndrome could be associate with some kinds of cancers.

Pedro Henrique Rodrigues Santana

Student of the third year of the University of São Paulo Medical School. Current students represent in the Infectious Diseases Department. Former general secretary of "LEAMESP", organization responsible for making two of largest sports competitions between medical students in Latin America ("intermed" and "pre-intermed"). Currently working on a research project in travel medicine, developing a profile of immunosuppressed travelers who seek the travel medicine clinic in the HCFMUSP, oriented by doctor Martha Lopes. Former member of the academic league of Sports Medicine. Member of the university's track and field team. Member of Sahaja Yoga meditation group, actively promoting public events to teach meditation. Has participated as a delegate in two consecutive United Nations World Health Organization simulation programs in high school.

Tiago Hummel

Tiago is a third year student at the USP Medical School. Formerly a student of Cinema and Audiovisual arts, he is currently Vice-president of the social project Curso Pré-Vestibular MedEnsina and a volunteer teacher of high-school chemistry. Tiago’s research project focuses on endocrinology, studying the role of the gene MKRN3 in the genesis of central precocious puberty, oriented by doctor Ana Claudia Latronico. He is a former member of the academic leagues of Palliative Care, Prevention and Treatment in the Infeccion by HIV/Aids and Childcare at FMUSP. At Harvard, he will be hosted by Professor Quan Lu’s laboratory.