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Vanderlei S. Bagnato

University of Sao Paulo


Election Year: 2013
Primary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type: Foreign Associate

Biosketch

Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, is PhD from MIT (1987). Double major in Material Science Engineering (Universidade Federal de São Carlos - Brasil - 1981) and Physics (Universidade de São Paulo - Brasil - 1981). Received the title of  "Livre - Docente" by University of São Paulo (1989) and Full Professor by University of São Paulo (1993). Has his activities based on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms, including Bose-Einstein condensate and applications of optics in health science.. Recently the laboratory under his guidance  has demonstrated by the first time the occurrence of quantum turbulence in trapped superfluid. Responsible for the implementation in  Brazil of  Photo-Dynamic-Therapy for the treatment of cancer as well as microbial control and HPV treatment. Maintain a strong relation between basic research and collaboration with industry. Run a TV channel dedicated to the diffusion of science and a special program for education of science with practice. Has published over 250 papers in international journals with more than 4000 citations. During his academic life, he has  supervised more than 60 graduate students. He has been part of the editorial board of many journals and he is member of Brazilian Academy of Science, TWAS, and The Vatican Academy of Science. He is presently the coordinator of the University of Sao Paulo Agency for Innovation.

Research Interests

Has his activities based on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms and applications of optics and laser to health science. Among many activities, he pursued a pioneering work in the field of atomic and molecular physics. Quantum Turbulence involving atomic superfluid, and time and frequency metrology with the construction and evaluation of the  atomic clock developed in Latin America and the first pilot plant for the production of high precision microscopes. Recently the group of research under his guidance has implemented in Brazil the basis for the clinical use of Photo-Dynamic-Therapy for the treatment of cancer and microbiological control. A strong relation between basic research and industry is one of the characteristics of his work resulting the implementation of high technology industries in the field of optics. Diffusion of science  organizing an special TV channel and public exhibitions are part of his activity.

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