About our department


The Department of Parasitology offers opportunities for transdisciplinary learning experience, combining laboratory and field. Faculty members have their individual laboratories suitable for development of research and for advising undergraduate students who are initiating scientific research and graduate students.

The multi-user laboratories house large equipment for collective use, such as   DNA automated sequencers, fluorescent microscopes and photomicroscopes with image processing, refrigerated ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers and fluorometers, pulsed field electrophoresis, and real time conventional thermal cyclers. The Department also  has a dedicated room for handling genetically modified organisms, certified by CTNBio, three rooms for pathogen culture (one with safety level P2), and a complete lab dedicated to structural analysis of molecules, using gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer, HPLCs and FPLC.

Structural Analysis of Molecules Laboratory.

In addition, we use the new CENTRO DE FACILIDADES PARA PESQUISA - CEFAP (Facility Center for Research) set up by ICB-USP in 2011. The CEFAP has laboratories for Cellular Culture and Confocal Multiphoton Microscopy; Flow Cytometry and Cellular Separation; large-scale DNA Genome and Sequencing; and Proteomics and mass spectrometry. The Department of Parasitology keeps animal facilities for breeding and maintaining isogenic mice and birds, in addition to an insectary for breeding and experimenting with diptera and triatomines. It also houses the largest existing biological collection of trypanosomatids in the world, which gathers more than 200 organisms classified according to biological, morphological and molecular criteria.