Graduate Programs

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The Institute of Biosciences (IB/USP) has a long-standing tradition in cutting-edge research in many aspects of biological sciences, investigating the structure, reproduction, evolution, organization and relationship of living organisms with their environment. These investigations are conducted with superb infrastructure and the state-of-the-art technologies. The professors and scientists of the five associated Departments in the Institute (Botany, Ecology, Physiology, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) teach basic and specialized courses in both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, contributing with the academic excellence.

The Institute of Biosciences offers five outstanding graduate programs to students interested in the major fields of Botany, Ecology, General Physiology, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology and Zoology. Students seeking for both Master’s and PhD degrees are admitted. The Institute aims at training skilled professionals, who are well prepared for teaching, developing high quality research, and who have a thorough understanding of the scientific method. Accordingly, the major goals of the Graduate Programs include training students for critical reading, raising questions and hypotheses, developing rational and efficient experimental designs, exploiting the state-of-the-art technologies in their field, and understanding how scientific knowledge is produced.

The Graduate Programs offered by the Institute of Biosciences provided more than 3,000 Master’s and PhD degrees since their foundation in the early 1970s. These Programs are among the earliest and most traditional in the country, and significantly contributed to the progress of biological sciences in Brazil. Currently, there are l2O active faculty members and more than 450 graduate students, which makes the IB/USP an important center for research and education in biology.

Recently, professors of the Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology established a new Professional Science Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling and Human Genomics. The aim of the program is to train professionals able to interpret medical histories of families to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence, educate about inheritance of genetic diseases and disorders and genetic and psychological counseling to help decision-making.

 

The Graduate Programs offered by the IB/USP and their respective faculty specialties are:

Botany
- Anatomy of Vascular Plants
- Systems Biology
- Biology, Systematics, Ecology and Use of Algae
- Plant Physiology and Development
- Phytochemistry
- Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of Vascular Plants

Website of the Department of Botany: http://www.ib.usp.br/departamento/botanica.html (Only in Portuguese)
Website of the Graduate Program in Botany: http://felix.ib.usp.br/posbotanica/ (Only in Portuguese)

 

Ecology
- Biological Conservation, Landscape Ecology and Environmental Planning
- Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems
- Population Ecology, Terrestrial Communities and Ecosystems
- Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology

Website of the Department of Ecology: http://ecologia.ib.usp.br  
Website of the Graduate Program in Ecology: http://ecologia.ib.usp.br/pos/ (Only in Portuguese)

 

General Physiology
- Cellular Physiology
- Comparative Physiology

Website of the Department of Physiology: http://www2.ib.usp.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=451&Itemid=310 (Only in Portuguese)
Website of the Graduate Program in Physiology: http://www.ib.usp.br/fisiologia/posfisiologia/en/

 

Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
- Biological Anthropology
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Human Genetics and Medicine
- Animal Genetics
- Evolution
- Education in Biology
- Professional Science Master’s in Genetic Counseling and Human Genomics

Website of the Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology: http://dreyfus.ib.usp.br (Only in Portuguese)
Website of the Graduate Program in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology: http://www.ib.usp.br/en/ 
Website of the Professional Science Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling and Human Genomics: http://www.ib.usp.br/mpag/ (Only in Portuguese)

 

Zoology
- Comparative and Functional Anatomy
- Biodiversity
- Biogeography
- Behavior
- Conservation
- Evolution
- Phylogeography
- Natural History
- Systematics and Taxonomy

Website of the Department of Zoology: http://www.ib.usp.br/departamento/zoologia.html (Only in Portuguese)
Website of the Graduate Program in Zoology: http://www2.ib.usp.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=271&Itemid=138 (Only in Portuguese)
To know more about the Graduate Programs offered by the IB/USP, please access: http://www.ib.usp.br/cpg/ (Only in Portuguese)

 

Graduate Student Advising
Helder Rossi Santos Souza
Email: cpg@ib.usp.br 
Contact: +55 11 3091-7517 or 3091 7490.
Website: http://www.ib.usp.br/cpg/ (only in Portuguese)