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Luís Felipe Ventorim Ferrão (by himself)

Felipe is Biologist and a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding (FAPESP grant number 2014/20389-2), University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). While PhD, his research focuses on the application and development of statistical methods of both computational and statistical tools for genomic prediction. His studies were concentrated in Computing for Statistical Genetics (especially in R software), mixed models and, more recently, Bayesian approaches. His research experiences include genetic diversity studies, development and validation of molecular markers and QTL mapping. Most of his studies are applied in Coffea canephora, one of the coffee species most consumed in the world. During his PhD, he was a visiting student at the University of Chicago (FAPESP Research Internship Abroad), working under supervision of Matthew Stephens. For more information about Felipe, please visit his Lattes CV. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Florida under supervision of Prof. Patricio Munoz.

João Ricardo Bachega Feijó Rosa (by himself)

João Ricardo has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy, has MSc (2012) and PhD (2016) in Genetics and Plant Breeding at “Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo. He initiated his career as a sugarcane breeder at Federal University of São Carlos, one of the principal Federal Universities in Brazil that is responsible for RIDESA, a public country-wide sugarcane breeding program. During his master degree at Department of Genetics of the University of São Paulo, João was interested to investigate the patterns of linkage disequilibrium and population structure on a Brazilian collection of sugarcane genotypes, a group of historically important accessions to Brazilian germplasm. His principal interest while a PhD Candidate was to use coalescent theory and population genetics concepts to understand the linkage disequilibrium and the evolutionary past of an important panel of accessions of Sorghum using next generation sequencing (SNPs from Genotyping-By-Sequencing). Furthermore, João was also involved into genome-wide association studies in Sorghum and collaborative projects of linkage analysis and association mapping of other very important crops for Brazil, such as common bean, cacao and passion fruit. For more information about João, please visit his Lattes CV. Now he is soybean assistant breeder at FTs Sementes.

Danilo Eduardo Cursi

Danilo is an Agronomist and has MSc (2016) in Genetics and Plant Breeding of the Department of Genetics, University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). Currently he is a researcher of the Sugarcane Breeding Program of RIDESA/UFSCar.

Carina de Oliveira Anoni

Carina is an Agronomist, has a PhD (2016) and Msc (2012) degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Department of Genetics at ESALQ/USP. Now she is scientist of the Plant Breeding group at Monsanto.

Guilherme da Silva Pereira

Guilherme is a Biologist, has a PhD (2015) and MSc (2011) degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Department of Genetics at ESALQ/USP. Since 2015, he is postdoctoral research scholar at Bioinformatics Research Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. For more information about Guilherme, please visit his webpage.

Marcelo Mollinari (by himself)

Marcelo has PhD (2012) and MSc (2008) degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Department of Genetics, “Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo, where he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow during 2013 and 2015. He graduated in Agronomic Engineering at the same institution (2005). During 2014 he conducted his research as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Statistics at Purdue University. Currently, Marcelo is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Prof. Zhao-Bang Zeng’s group in the Bioinformatics Research Center at the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University. He has experience in agronomy with emphasis in quantitative genetics and statistical genetics, mainly in genetic and QTL mapping. In the area of statistical genetics, he has developed work related to molecular markers and statistical computing applied to polyploid species. For more information about Marcelo, please visit webpage .

Maria Izabel Cavassim Alves (by herself)

Maria Izabel is an Agronomist and was an intern in our group. Currently she is a master student in Bioinformatics at Aarhus University (Denmark) ( She has been taken courses related to Population genetics, Computer Science and Statistics. The integration of interdisciplinary fields is what motivates her. Currently she is involved in the ‘NCHAIN project’ which aims to study the interactions of Rhizobium and Clover within the nitrogen-chain in order to increase the amount of nitrogen fixed per hectare of organic clover. The path towards this goal goes through systematic examination of the phenotypic relationship between the yield of clover-grass crops and comprehension of the genetic architecture behind the interactions (intra- and interspecific). For more information about Maria Izabel, please visit her linkedin.

Adriana Cheavegatti Gianotto

Adriana is an agronomist and finished his PhD in 2015. In 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at CTBE/CNPEM and is currently working at CTC.

Rodrigo Gazaffi

Rodrigo started as an undergraduated student, finishing his PhD in 2009, when he started working as a postdoc. He is now a faculty at Universidade Federal de São Carlos.

Thiago Gibbin Marconi

Thiago was a postodoc in the group, and now he is Research Associate Scientist at Texas A&M Agrilife Research (Weslaco,TX) working with molecular breeding and marker-assisted selection mainly in tomato and spinach crops. He also works with genetics of plant-insect interations.

Luciano da Costa e Silva

Luciano was a postdoc in the Lab and now works at SAS.

Rafael Tassinari Resende

Rafael finished his MSc in 2014 and is now a PhD candidate at Universidade Federal de Viçosa.

Edjane Gonçalves de Freitas

Edjane got her PhD in 2013 and now works for Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC).

Renato Rodrigues Silva

Renato finished his PhD in 2013 and was a post-doc at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He is now a faculty at Instituto de Matemática e Estatística fof Universidade Federal de Goiás.

Maria Marta Pastina

Maria Marta got her PhD in 2010 after that worked as a postdoc in the Lab. She also started as an undergraduated student. She now works at EMBRAPA Milho e Sorgo.

Graciela da Rocha Sobierajski

Graciela finished her PhD in 2012. She works at Instituto Agronômico de Campinas (IAC).

Gabriel Rodrigues Alves Margarido

Gabriel worked in the Lab since he was an undergraduated student. He also finished his PhD in Lab in 2011. He is now a faculty at Department of Genetics, ESALQ/USP.

Priscilla Karen Sabadin

Priscilla worked in the Lab as as undergraduated student, and also receive her PhD (2008). She now works as Research Scientist at DuPont Pioneer.

Millor Fernandes do Rosário

Millor got his PhD in the Lab (2008). Now he is a faculty at Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UFSCar).

Co-advisored students

Augusto also co-advisored other students: Eder Jorge de Oliveira (PhD), Prianda Rios Laborda (MSc), Karine Miranda Oliveira (PhD), Bianca Vigna (PhD), Thiago G Marconi (Phd).

Students from the Statistical Department

Augusto also advised MSc students from the Statistical Department (ESALQ/USP), when he worked there: Cristiano Nunes Nesi (2002), Mariana Iemma (2003), and Andréia da Silva Meyer (2002).