Ph.D., University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
My research interests lie in the broadly defined areas of photochemistry and photobiology. The main objective of my research program is the development of new modalities of tumor imaging and therapy based on selective targeting of neoplastic tissue with highly fluorescent and/or highly phototoxic agents (i.e. photosensitizers). This work is multi-disciplinary and lies at the chemistry-biology interface. The overall research design borrows modern experimental techniques and theories from fields such as physical-organic photochemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, and cell biology. Current research focuses primarily on the concepts of (i) mitochondrial targeting and (ii) receptor-assisted tumor targeting.