Celia R. S. Garcia

Celia R. S. Garcia

Universidade de São Paulo
Title of the talk: GPCR in Plasmodium falciparum: a new target for antimalarials.
Title of the talk: GPCR in Plasmodium falciparum: a new target for antimalarials.

Celia R. S. Garcia, Professor
University of São Paulo
Current Position
U.S. Professor, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neurosciences Department, Rutgers Medical School

New Jersey, 2013- present; Professor, Department of Clinical and Toxicological Analyses, FCF- University of São Paulo (USP) Brazil, 2018- present; Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Sao Paulo Brazil, 2001- 2018 Degrees
BS, Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1982; MSc, Biochemistry Institute of Biophysics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1987; PhD, Biochemistry, Institute of Biophysics Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1990
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Service Joined ASCB in 2003; Cell Biology Research in Brazil, 2012-2015 ASCB Annual Meetings; ASCB International Affairs Committee, 2013-present; International Research and Training Exchange Fair, 2014-
2018 ASCB Annual Meetings; WICB Network Reception Goes International, 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting; Opportunities for Cell Biology in China and Brazil, 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting; Organizer, Meeting at São Paulo School for Advanced Science in Cell Biology, in collaboration with EMBO, the ASCB International Affairs Committee, and FAPESP (The Research Foundation), March 2018;
International Funding Session from APOCB, China, and FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil, 2018 ASCB/EMBO Meeting. President of the International Affairs Committee at ASCB (2020-).

Professional Service
International Member, Health Sciences Advisory Committee, Molecular and Genetic Medicine and
Immunology, Foundation of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology of Portugal,
2000-2002; Council Member, Biosciences Institute, USP, 2000-2015; Advisory committee, Ministry of
Health, Department of Science and Technology, Research Priorities for Neglected Diseases, 2006;
Evaluation Committee, Proposals submitted to FAPERJ (Research Support Foundation of Rio de Janeiro
State), 2006-2016; Council Member, Physiology Department Biosciences Institute USP, 2000-2017;
Member, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, External Committee for a
selective process of undergraduate program PIBIC of the Pontifical Catholic University, 2008; Committee
for CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) Evaluation Committee of
Graduate Programs of the Biological Sciences 2001, 2010, 2013; Member, Graduate program, Physiology
Department, Biosciences Institute USP, 2008-2010; Meeting Chair, International Cell Biology of
Pathogens, Guarujá, São Paulo, 2011; Member, Committee of Science without Borders Program, Young
Talents Fellowship, 2012-2014; Member, Publishing Evaluation Committee for Brazilian Journals, 2013-
2019; Meeting Co-Chair, The Interface between Physics and Biology, FAPESP, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014;

International Committee at Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern, Switzerland, 2015; Meeting Co-
Chair, Molecular and Biochemical Advances on Pathogens, 44th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society

for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/ International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Iguazu Falls, 2015; Meeting Co-Chair, Rutgers, Ohio and USP, The Tripartite Institute of Americas,
University of São Paulo, Brazil 2015; International Liaison, South American Programs, Graduate School
of Biomedical Science, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2015-
present; Member, USP Research Office Advisory Group of Programs and Events, 2016, 2017; Director,

Nucleus for Research on Cellular Signaling on Pathogen-Host Cell Interaction, USP, 2012-2018; Member,
Undergraduate Committee for Clinical Analysis and Toxicology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
USP, 2019-2021; Meeting Organizer and Co-Chair, GDR-USP GPCR Signaling and Drug Discovery, São
Paulo-Brazil, March 2019
Societies and Honors
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2003; Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology, 2003; Brazilian Society of Chemistry, 2011; Brazilian Society for Cell Biology, 2013;
Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 2018; Member, World Academy of Sciences, 2020, Member,
São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, 2020. Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology.
Editorial Boards
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 2010-present; Current Opinion in Microbiology, 2014-
present; Methods X, 2014-present; Current Research in Microbial Sciences, 2020-; Current Topics in
Medicinal Chemistry, 2018-present; Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 2019-2021; : Frontiers in
Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2020-.

Research Interests
Our primary focus is to elucidate how malaria parasites signal in the various stages of their life cycle in
efforts to explore new venues for clinical intervention. To achieve this goal, we combine work on live cell
microscopy with state-of-the-art molecular techniques. Our laboratory engages screening of synthetic and
natural compounds aiming to discover new anti-malarial drugs. For more information see
CV Lattes: : http://lattes.cnpq.br/9999274930956418

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