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Mayana Zatz


Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências (IB)  (Institutional affiliation for the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Israel

Mayana Zatz is Professor of Human and Medical Genetics. Director of the Human Genome Research Center (Hug-cell) and Nacional Program (INCT): aging and genetics: genomics and metagenomics, at the University of São Paulo ( USP). Graduaded in Biology, USP (1968), Ph.D. in Human and Medical Genetics at USP (1974), and post-doc in medical genetics (1975-1977) at University of California, USA. She is Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Academy of Sciences for the developing world (TWAS). Was founder and president of the Brazilian Muscular Dystrophy Association (ABDIM) from 1981-2013. Her research in human and medical genetics, are focused mainly in stem-cells (as a tool to understand gene functioning and cell therapy) , aging and neuromuscular disorders focusing the following aspects: gene identification, genotype-phenotype correlations , and mechanisms underlying clinical variability. More recently she is investigating the use of zika virus aigainst brain cancer. She has published 378 peer-reviewed papers (April, 2022), which were cited ~ 13156 times (average 33 per paper). H index = 56 (Publon); H=73 (Google Scholar, 21562 citations ), Scopus: H=60, 16022 citations . She has been the mentor of undergraduate and graduate students who presented 51 thesis. Was awarded several international prizes such as: L 'Oreal 's / UNESCO for Women in Science-as the best Latin American researcher in 2001 - TWAS for Research in Medical Sciences in 2004, Mexican Prize of Science and Technology in 2008 and Gaetano Conte in 2011. She was columnist of the weekly magazine VEJA having written more than 250 articles for lay people. She is the author of two books Gen ÉTICA and O LEGADO DOS GENES From 2010 to 2012 she was part of the board of revisors (BORE) of scientific journal Science. She has been actively Involved in ethical aspects related to genome research, genetic testing and scientific political decisions regarding the approval of the embryonic stem -cells bill in 2005 and 2008. Currently she is also investigating the genetic variability associated to COVID-19 clinical variability. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the researcher:
La tijera de los genes 
El zika contra el cáncer 
Una inmersión en las enfermedades genéticas 
Zika against cancer 
One mutation, several defects 
Una mutación, varios defectos 
The dystrophy center 
The dystrophy center 
El centro de las distrofias 
Doubled treatment 
Doble tratamiento 
El misterio de Ringo y Suflair 
The mystery about Ringo and Suflair 
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How to be a healthy centenarian?

Published by Agência FAPESP - February 11, 2019. The human population is aging rapidly throughout the world. The challenge is to increase healthspan not only lifespan. I will discuss briefly how new technologies will contribute to improve our health while we are aging. What are we learning from centenarians? Is there a limit for longevity? What we are currently investigating in the human genome and stem-cell center at the University of São Paulo?Mayana Zatz | FAPESP Week London.
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MÉTODO DE PROGNÓSTICO DA AGRESSIVIDADE DE TUMORES E KIT BR1020140155775 - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Carolina de Oliveira Rodini; Gabriela Furukawa; Oswaldo Keith Okamoto; Patrícia Benites Gonçalves da Silva - June 2014, 17

Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação BR1020150030169 - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação - February 2015, 11

Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação BR1020180081942 - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação - April 2018, 24

PROCESSO DE OBTENÇÃO DE CÉLULAS-TRONCO A PARTIR DE CÉLULAS DO MÚSCULO ORBICULAR DO LÁBIO, COMPOSIÇÕES E USOS PI0705561-7 - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP); Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Maria Rita dos Santos e Passos Bueno; Maria Rita dos Santos e Passos Bueno; Daniela Franco Bueno; Irina Kerkis; Mayana Zatz - November 2007, 23

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