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LATAM Regional Track

The LATAM track aims to create a space that allows scientists, students and entrepreneurs to discuss these issues from the perspective of each of our countries and come up with solutions that can be applied in our local environments.

As part of the event created by the JOGL platform, we present ourselves as members of the scientific community in Latin America working to approach one of the most important challenges we face every day, which is science investment and development in LATAM countries.

Session curated by: SynBioBR and iGEM Community


Overcoming the Challenges of being a Scientist in Latin America

19:00 - 19:40 CET (5min Welcome Speech + 20min Talk + 15min Q&A) - Gather Room 3

Our proposal is to bring renowned scientists from different parts of LATAM and present their origins, their history and journey in science. We believe that creating this type of event will be important to motivate young scientists and students to continue their own journey.

Speakers: Robson Tramontina (ECRA Biotech)

Gambiarrathe Do it Yourself Bio in LATAM

19:40 - 20:20 CET (2 x 15min Talks + 10min Q&A) - Gather Room 3

This is a popular world used in Brazil that represents audacious and creative ways to overcome issues related to complex experimental designs being executed with low-cost reagents and equipment. The space will be dedicated to sharing knowledge about hacks, DIY tools and protocols.

Speakers: Fernan Federici and Lucio Freitas Junior (SociaLab)

Collaborations: Joining Forces to Increase our Impact

20:20 - 21:00 CET (15min Talk + 25min Panel Discussion) - Gather Room 3

Despite our cultural differences, languages and political context, all Latin American scientists express the same passion and dedication for their work and the collaborative team spirit is one of our main forte. The need for a space where we can gather together and find projects, establish partnerships and work together to solve common problems in our contexts is a necessity. Cooperation between countries and groups is the core DNA of the JOGL platform.

Speakers: Caroline Salvati, Cibele Zolnier, Manuel Piñero and Estefany Sofia Sanchez Martinez


Robson Tramontina

Robson is a Pharmacist and an Enzymologist with a Master's and Doctoral degree in Science & Technology. Who has worked with bio entrepreneurship experiences for 12 years in six different research institutions in Brazil, the Netherlands, Argentina, and the United Kingdom. He's focused on innovation through enzymes to create biotechnological solutions at the service of Brazil. You can find out more about his company at:

Fernan Federici

Fernan is based at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Millennium Institute iBio where he continues his research interest in bioengineering. Fernan is part of the open science hardware and open technology movements.

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Lucio Freitas Junior

Lucio Freitas-Junior is a scientist dedicated to basic and applied infectious diseases research, from the mechanisms of gene regulation and nuclear architecture to drug discovery. From 2005 to 2013, he worked at the Institut Pasteur Korea, where he became Director of the Center for Neglected Diseases Drug Discovery (CND3), leading drug discovery activities for leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, malaria, dengue and chikungunya using phenotypic screening assays. He is also the founder of the online platform SociaLab and the recently established company Quasar Bio, which is a company dedicated to develop and validate products for the treatment and control of covid-19.