Brazil is in constant development, with an increasing participation in research and innovation worldwide. The biodiversity available in the country and continued formation of human resources are the main reasons for this increase.


Biotechnology has been receiving special attention, being the subject of Decree nº 6,041/February 8, 2007. This decree creates the Biotechnology Development Policy (BDP), highlighting human, agricultural, industry and environmental researches as the most important for consolidation of biotechnological industries in Brazil. Through this, BDP seeks to develop products and processes to meet society and industry demands linked to technological innovation that can guarantee Brazil a prominent place in the competitive international market.


BDP is structured on specific programs to foster research, companies or networks of technology-based companies, and innovation and exportation, all in the Biotechnology umbrella. BDP encourages human resources training and qualification to be employed for developing science and technology, innovation and transfer of knowledge to industry. This way, new findings can be used to increase the efficiency of the productive sector as well as product value, promote social inclusion and improve people’s quality of life.


Federal public universities receive an increasing number of students that graduate in several technological professions. They can increase technological development in Brazil and contribute to technological research, which may be patentable and therefore have a high added value, thus fulfilling BDP requirements.


Federal University of Sergipe (FUS) has nearly 40,000 students and 1,500 teachers, of which 967 have at least one PhD (data from 2014). They mostly develop research in FUS and train human resources in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses, through the most diverse institutional programs. They direct or indirectly help fulfilling the goals defined in the BDP, when involved in Biotechnology or correlated study fields.


FUS is part of the Northeast Network of Biotechnology (RENORBIO in Portuguese). Its mission is to unite skills in Biotechnology in the Northeast region of Brazil through a doctoral course. Its main goal is forming an Excellence Institute in Biotechnology in the region to allow a gradual rise of skills spread in Universities still under consolidation.


It is constant the search for continual training by professionals as well as recently undergraduated students, be that in Master or Doctoral levels, including in Biotechnology. In 2015, as there was no FUS program at Master's level that could receive these people, PROBIO was born. It aims to help developing the economic potential of Sergipe. Sergipe State Research Foundation (FAPITEC in Portuguese) and federal research agencies (CNPq, FINEP, among others) often call for research proposals in important economic fields to Sergipe.


The Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology (PROBIO) promotes multidisciplinary studies involving genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, genetic improvement, drug development, among others.


COORDINATOR: Profª. Drª. Brancilene Santos de Araujo

VICE-COORDINATOR: Prof. Dr. Charles dos Santos Estevam


Office hours:

08:00 - 12:00; 14:00 - 17:00


Public attendance office hours:

09:00 - 12:00; 14:00 - 17:00


Staff: Emanuel Messias Aquino de Araújo



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