The Institute de Biosciences (IB/USP) has a long-standing tradition in research on living organisms, investigating their structure, reproduction, evolution, organization and relationship to their environment. The different research areas are conducted with excellent infrastructure for the development of ground-breaking research programs. The five Departments in the Institute (Botany, Ecology, Physiology, Zoology, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology) have modern equipments at their disposal, which allows for the development of innovative research lines supported by national and international grant agencies.

The research carried at IB/USP has an interdisciplinary character, combining different approaches to the study many aspects of biological and related sciences. Besides individual projects coordinated by the faculty, the Institute also collaborates in high-impact integrated projects such as the genomic sequencing of Xylella, Xanthomonas and sugar cane, BIOTA, CEDIP and FAPESP-supported studies on climate change, and MCT/CNPq/CAPES' PROTAX. More recently, researchers of IB/USP had helped to create FAPESP's BIOEN, one of the largest bioenergy research programs in the world.

In addition to these major initiatives, the Institute coordinates two National Institutes of Science and Technology, one dedicated to Bioethanol-related projects and another dedicated to Stem Cells research. In addition, the Human Genome Research Center (HGRC), a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (CEPID) funded by FAPESP, is also hosted in this Institute. The research focuses in important current disciplines in biology, including biodiversity, climate change and bioenergy. The Institute is an inspiring work place for both undergraduate and graduate students and offers excellent opportunities for carrier development of postdoctoral fellows.



  • Stimulate interactions between researchers, promoting debates and discussions about current research topics;
  • Encourage cooperation among researchers from different fields within the University;
  • Encourage international collaborations on a wide array of scientific research projects;
  • Facilitate the acquisition of research grants;
  • Provide financial management to labs, researchers and students;

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