Graduate Research Assistant
(August 2008 - present)
Marcelo graduated from University of Sao Paul, Brazil in 2005 in Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 he completed his Master's Degree in Animal Reproduction at the same university with the thesis "Use of extracellular matrix (MatrigelTM) for establishment of porcine embryonic stem cells and expression characterization of pluripotency related molecules" under the supervision of Dr Jose Antonio Visintin. In August 2008, Marcelo started his PhD studies in Animal Science at Michigan State University, performing research on cellular reprogramming in the bovine model under the supervision of Dr Jose Cibelli. Throughout his training Marcelo gained skills in bovine herd management, transrectal ultrasonography, radioimmunoassay, cell culture, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry, porcine and bovine in vitro embryo production, bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer, and molecular biology, including gene cloning and quantitative PCR. He is currently working on Wnt signaling pathways in bovine preimplantation embryos and reprogramming of bovine somatic cells.