DOCTOR GEOPOLIANO CHAVES

Doctor Geopoliano Chaves obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa (MG) by studying the effects of polyphenols on enzymes in the model of kidneys of mice with atherosclerosis (2012) at the Biotechnology Laboratory of Dr. Nader Pourmand, UC Santa Cruz. He then went on to earn his Master’s degree from the University of São Paulo while studying Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria. His interest in how proteins are detected in biological samples motivated him to join the Pourmand Laboratory in 2014, participating in a project involving nanopipettes and next-generation sequencing. Since then, he has analyzed transcriptomic data in Huntingtons disease models, a neurodegenerative disorder. His dissertation work involves the use of nanopipettes to mitigate the nonspecific effects of the gene-editing technology by CRISPR / Cas9 and the underlying genetic analysis.