FAPESP - The São Paulo Research Foundation
FAPESP is a public foundation, funded by the taxpayer in the State of São Paulo, with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge.The Foundation works in close contact with the scientific community: all proposals are peer reviewed with the help of area panels composed of active researchers. Besides funding research in all fields, the foundation supports large research programs in Biodiversity, Bioenergy, Global Climate Change, and in Neurosciences.FAPESP’s expenditures in 2013 were R$ 1.085 billion (approximately US$ 500 million). 37% of the expenditures supported fundamental research; 10% supported research infrastructure; and 53% supported application oriented research.
Vânia Luiza Deperon Bonato, professor
“Es ist ungewohnt wieder im Labor zu arbeiten und ganz am Anfang eines Projektes zu stehen“, lächelt Prof. Vania Bonato. Zu Hause, im brasilianischen Riberao Preto leitet Prof. Bonato eine Arbeitsgruppe im Department Biochemie und Immunologie der Medizinischen Hochschule Riberao Preto. Der Staat Sao Paulo fördert ihren Forschungsaufenthalt am Institut für Infektionsimmunologie für ein Jahr. „Für uns ist dieser Forschungsaufenthalt von Professor Bonato ein idealer Auftakt für eine noch intensivere Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Riberao Preto“, sagt Prof. Tim Sparwasser, Direktor des Instituts für Infektionsimmunologie am TWINCORE.
Vania Bonato ist einerseits hier, um neue Methoden in der Immunologie kennen zu lernen – andererseits, um nach dem Jahr ein Stück europäische Forschungskultur mit zurück nach Brasilien zu nehmen. In Brasilien ist sie Spezialistin für die Immunregulation bei Tuberkulose und Allergien, insbesondere für die Rolle Dendritischer Zellen in Infektionen. „Da dies auch einen Forschungsschwerpunkt an meinem Institut darstellt, ist Vania Bonatos Forschungsaufenthalt in Deutschland ein guter Start, um gemeinsame Projekte – beispielsweise - zum Thema Tuberkulose zu entwickeln“, sagt Prof. Sparwasser. Der Austausch von Studenten und Doktoranden in verschiedenen Kooperationen mit der brasilianischen Partneruniversität findet bereits intensiv statt. „Die brasilianischen Kollegen forschen sehr translational und haben Zugang zu großen Sammlungen von Patientenproben. Das ist ein guter Anknüpfungspunkt für unseren Forschungsansatz.“ Hier in Hannover wird sich Vania Bonato zunächst mit Grundlagenforschung beschäftigen: mit den Wechselwirkungen zwischen Asthma und bakteriellen Infektionen der Lunge.
Die European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) ist eine europäische Wissenschaftsorganisation auf dem Gebiet der Molekularbiologie und vergibt verschiedene Stipendien für Nachwuchsforscher, die entweder aus einem EMBC Mitgliedsstaat stammen oder dort forschen möchten. Auf jeden Fall muss der Stipendiat in einem anderen als seinem Studien-Land forschen.
Carlos Bueno, postdoctoral student
"I come from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have finished my phD and I am currently a postdoc and the EMBO funds a research visit of three months to the laboratory of Dr. Tim Sparwasser. It will be from February to April 2016.
I applied for this particular fellowship because EMBO is a very well known and prestigious organization which provides fellowships to perform research in Europe. I chose Germany, and particularly TWINCORE because of a previous collaboration between the Institute Infection Immunology and an Argentinian lab (directed by Prof. Marcela Manghi, in the University of Buenos Aires). Mainly, the aim of my project is to investigate the epigenetic regulation of costimulatory molecules and MHC expression in Dendritic Cells (DC) during murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) infection. In-depth knowledge of these epigenetic mechanisms would help us develop novel strategies to enhance the immune responses to CMV infections and identify new antiviral targets."
Der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) ist die Organisation der deutschen Hochschulen und ihrer Studierenden für die Internationalisierung des Wissenschaftssystems. Er vergibt Stipendien und fördert transnationale Kooperationen und Partnerschaften zwischen Hochschulen. Der DAAD verfolgs damit Ziele der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik, der Wissenschaftspolitik und der Entwicklungspolitik.
Paulo Henrique de Melo, PhD student
"I am from Ribeirão Preto (City in the São Paulo state – Brazil) and I have developed my phD studies in the Basic and applied Immunology program at Ribeirão Preto Medical School (University of São Paulo). I got a DAAD fellowship up to 6 months (program Research Grants - Short-Term Grants) so I will be in Hannover from February to the end of July. During my phD in Brazil I have studied how the metabolic pathways impact on T cells differentiation. At TWINCORE we will intend to discovery the exact molecular mechanism surrounding this metabolic pathway activation and Tregs differentiation. We will perform same especial techniques that did not have in Brazil nowadays. As the expertise, accessibility and scientific success of Prof. Tim Sparwasser researchers group I could see in Twincore and Germany a great and promising opportunity to development my research"
Laís Sacramento, PhD student
"I come from Ribeirão Preto Medical School of University of São Paulo in Brazil, where I do PhD in Basic and Applied Immunology post graduation program. I was granted DAAD fellowship to spend 4 months in TWINCORE, from February to June. My project has focus on Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs), which are important for the pathogens recognition and are widely studied molecules as adjuvants to improve immune response toward infections. Our next goal is to understand these mechanisms by the use of transgenic mice. Thus, the collaboration with the Institute for Infection Immunology will be quite relevant to continue this study, because the colleagues have extensive experience in generation of transgenic mice."
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is a public foundation - an independent, non-profit organization for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. It supports up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life. It is supporting some 120 outstanding junior researchers at the same time around the world.
Lucia Minarietta, PhD student
"I obtained my Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from the School of Sciences (University of the Republic, Uruguay) in 2011. In 2009 I joined the Laboratory of Immunology and was awarded a student research grant to work on the potential of novel electrophilic lipid mediators, called nitro-fatty acids, to promote alternative activation of macrophages. After completing this project, I began my Master studies in 2012 funded by a scholarship from ANII (National Agency of Research and Innovation, Uruguay). After obtaining my Master degree in August 2014, I joined Prof.Dr. Sparwasser’s group in September as a PhD student, co-supervised by Dr. Luciana Berod. My reasearch will focus on the control of metabolic switches by mycobacteria to influence dendritic cell and macrophage function."
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) is a Portuguese public national agency that supports the research in science, technology and innovation covering many study topics. Its mission has been to assign every year, scholarships and work contracts to several investigators, as well as to support many research centers. The scholarships can be held in Portugal, be mixed or be held abroad.
Vânia Passos, PhD student
"I am from Porto, a beautiful city from the north of Portugal. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Applied Biology in 2013 (University of Minho, Braga, Portugal). Then I completed my master degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics (University of Lisbon, Portugal) by October 2015. In my master thesis I studied the expression and regulation of human endogenous retroviruses in developing and mature T cells. Early this year I started my PhD studies in Basic and Applied Biology under the GABBA PhD Program, in which I received a FCT scholarship for 4 years. As it is a mixed scholarship, I have the opportunity to do my practical work abroad. Being a LISA student in 2015, gave me the chance to get a position in Prof. Dr. Sparwasser’s group, which I will join in August 2016. My research will focus on the identification of novel natural compounds as modulators of Dendritic cell activation."
The German-American Fulbright Program is promoting the mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange.The Fulbright Program has international outreach, providing exchanges between the United States and over 155 countries and territories worldwide. Annually about 8,000 scholars, American and foreign, participate in the Fulbright exchange. The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program, has sponsored over 45,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952.
The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. This core program is complemented by academic year programs for professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and journalists; summer internship programs for students; and seminars for experts in university administration and German and American Studies.
Aline Sandouk, PhD student
"In September 2012, I participated in the LISA Program, which served as my first exposure to science in Germany. It was life-changing on both personal and professional levels; it also reignited my interest in immunology. While here, I decided to try and repeat the experience but on a long-term basis through the Fulbright Program. I was interested in continuing to pursue research, but in a new field and in a new cultural environment. As such, I chose the Fulbright US Student Program. This opportunity especially appealed to me as I would have the chance to investigate new disease states and have meaningful exposures in translational research in a unique cultural setting. The significant historical achievements in science by German scientists and overall high social regard for science as a profession were also factors I considered. Beyond that, Americans and Germans share a long ethnic heritage; I felt that by learning the German language and about German traditions and customs, this would allow me to understand my own country better and develop a new aspect of my own cultural identity. I will stay here until July 2014 under the mentorship of Tim Sparwasser and Matthias Lochner. At that point I will move back to the United States to start post-graduate studies. Prior to starting at Twincore, I had already been admitted to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health."
Fellowship from the University of Granada and Campus of International Excellence - Biotic
The aim of the fellowship from the University of Granada and Campus of International Excellence is to promote the internationalization of the doctoral studies.
Reyes Gámez Belmonte, PhD student
"I come from the Pharmacy School at the University of Granada, in Spain, where I graduated in 2013. Since 2014, I am doing a PhD focused on the characterization of the role of the alkaline phosphatase in the
inflammatory response in the gut, in the laboratory led by Dr. Olga Martinez-Augustin and Dr. Fermin Sanchez de Medina. I received a international mobility fellowship from the University of Granada and Campus of International Excellence - Biotic for a short stay of three months, from April to June. This stay at Twincore will help me to acquire some techniques and knowledge useful for the development of my research."