The Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of São Paulo – ICB/USP – is located in the central campus of USP situated in the neighborhood of Butantã, in the western part of the city of São Paulo.
The ICB has presently a Faculty staff of 144 members of diverse academic backgrounds.
- Biologists, pharmacists, chemists, physicians, dentists, veterinarians and biomedical scientists work in ICB teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and doing research. All have a Doctoral Degree (PhD) and nearly all staff members work full time at USP.
General information on the University of São Paulo for foreign students and researchers can also be found in:
- Student and Researcher’s Guide – USP (PDF, English)
- University of São Paulo International Cooperation Office
The ICB comprises seven Departments:
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Physiology and Biophysics
ICB offers regular courses to students registered at several Faculties and Schools of USP as well as to students registered at the ICB.
The undergraduate courses offered to students of other Faculties ICB are essential for those pursuing careers in Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Sports Professionals and for several other professional qualifications.
Undergraduate students may also register directly at ICB to attend the following courses: Basic Health Sciences (Bachelor Degree) and Biomedical Sciences (Bachelor Degree). Both offer training to students interested mainly in becoming academics at Colleges/Universities or work on R&D in private companies.
The ICB maintains eight Postgraduate Programs offered to students who already have a professional or bachelor’s degree, to pursue advanced training towards a scientific or academic career. These programs confer Master’s Degrees (M.Sc.) or Doctorates (PhDs).
The majority of ICB’s Faculty Staff is of academics with a strong commitment to research. The range of individual research interests is diverse and related to the departments to which they belong.
Main research areas in the ICB:
- Cell signaling, cell communication and membrane transport
- Lipid metabolism
- Parasite-host interaction
- Genetic control of development
- Genetic control of physiological and pathological functions
- Immunology of infectious diseases
- Immunopathology and Inflammation
The Central Library of the ICB has an excellent collection of hundreds of specialized books on subjects related to their researchers’ areas of interest as well as a large collection of scientific journals. Free-use computers allow the access to databases and virtual libraries. The Library has also an area in which undergraduate students can study and consult textbooks. The Library is open to the general public for study and reference searches.
The ICB has an excellent collection of anatomical preparations that may be visited by persons interested in Human Medical Anatomy, the “Museu de Anatomia Humana Prof. Alfonso Bovero”
Cultural Activities Offered by ICB
ICB offers to the general public a series of free extramural courses and activities open such as: Microbiology Games, Microbiology Exhibits, Summer Courses, courses for Senior Citizens and also lab visits and informational talks to high school students interested in Graduate Courses available at ICB and USP.
Training and Research Opportunities for Undergraduate and High School
Most ICB labs and research groups offer internships to undergraduates. High School students enrolled in public schools are also welcome to visit and join research activities.
Job selection processes are periodically advertised on the sites of the ICB and USP to fill vacant posts teaching and non-teaching staff.