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Luzia Valentina Modolo

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Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Biologia (IB)  (Institutional affiliation for the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Dr. Modolo earned her MSc. and PhD degrees in Functional and Molecular Biology (Biochemistry) from State University of Campinas in 2001 and 2004, respectively. She was a postdoctoral fellow (NSF fellowship) at the Noble Research Institute (USA) from 2005 to 2008. She was Visiting Professor in Dr. Richard A. Dixon at the University of North Texas (USA) from Feb/2018 to Jan/2019, period by which she worked with biotechnological approaches to obtain regioselective glucuronosyltransferases towards flavonoids. Dr. Modolo is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Botany (Institute of Biological Sciences) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants is her area of expertise, with focus on secondary metabolism, nitrogen nutrition and signaling processes in plant cells upon environmental stresses. Dr. Modolo is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Advanced Research (Elsevier; IF JCR 2021 = 12.822) since Jan 2019, Review Editor in Plant Nutrition of Frontiers in Plant Science (IF JCR 2021 = 6.627) since Oct 2021 and member of the Topical Advisory Panel of Plants (MDPI; IF JCR 2021 = 4,658) since Feb 2022. She was member of the Editorial Board of Recent Patents on Biotechnology (Bentham; 2012 2014) and Journal of Advanced Research (2015 2019). Dr. Modolo has been working as a peer reviewer for over 30 indexed scientific journals, ad hoc consultant for National and International Scientific Funding Agencies, International Book Publishers and CAPES as a member of the committee for the evaluation of the Gratuate Programs hosted in Biodiversity area (quadriennal 2017-2020). Dr. Modolo is the founder and head of the Group of Studies on Plant Biochemistry (GEBioPlan; and co-founder and co-head of the Network for the development of Novel Urease Inhibitors (REDNIU; Prof. Modolo was Head (2014-2016) and Vice-head (2011-2013) of the Department of Botany at UFMG. Her publications include 70 peer-reviewed articles (indexed journals), 21 book chapters, 2 scientific books, 3 granted international patents and 4 filed national patents. Her scientific-technological contributions are a result of prolific collaborative works established with national and international groups (from Denmark, Egypt, USA, India and Italy). Prof. Modolo also coordinates and manages the Modolo Lab channel (, which is dedicated to disclose science on Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. She was member of the organizing committee of 2 national scientific events. A total of 12 Master and 11 PhD students were mentored/co-mentored by her. She also advised undergraduate students in 4 course-concluding works and 32 scientific initiations and supervised 4 postdoctoral fellows. Currently, she mentors/co-mentors 2 Master thesis, 6 PhD dissertation and 1 scientific initiation work. As for Scientific Society, she is a member of the Brazilian Society of Plant Physiology, Brazilian Society of Soil Science and American Society of Pharmacognosy. According to World Scientist and University Rankings 2022 (, Dr. Modolo occupies the following positions regarding her productivity and scientific influence: 187th at UFMG, 3906th in Brazil, 5479th in Latin America and 160453th in the world in the area of Natural Sciences/Biological Sciences. ORCID: 0000-0002-8033-0434; ResearcherID: C-2658-2013. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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