Relber A. Gonçales

  • Sarcoidosis
  • Granuloma
  • Immunometabolism
  • Macrophage
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Paracoccidioides brasiliensis
  • Fungal infection

Relber Aguiar Gonçales concluded his Ph.D. in 2018 by São Paulo University (USP), Brazil. During his PhD, he developed part of its work on the genetic manipulation of yeasts P. brasiliensis fungi that overexpress the paracoccin lectin at the University of Minho, Braga, in the Microbiology and Infection Domain at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). He then returned to Brazil in 2016 and developed further studies involving the pathobiology, infection, and immune response of mutants of P. brasiliensis yeasts. During this period, he received important awards, including the XIV International Meeting of Paracoccidioidomycosis and the IX Symposium of the Cell and Molecular Biology. In 2018, he started his postdoctoral studies at USP, and the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil. At USP, he focused on optimizing reliable molecular tools for fungal transformation and characterizing chitin-size fragments derived from the cell wall of P. brasiliensis yeasts, and at UFG, he focused on the genetic manipulation of P. brasiliensis yeast cells. Since 2019, he was developing works on the regulation of inflammation in the context of sarcoidosis, University of Minho under the FCT-funded project “Innate Regulation of Granulomatous Inflammation”. He established several collaborative networks with international laboratories in cellular and molecular biology, and immunology. His track-record is currently mirrored by 29 publications (>160 citations and h-index=7; May 2022), 2 books, and 8 book chapters, and he has been an ad-hoc reviewer for international journals.