A Personal Touch of Paulo Urbano

Urbano , Paulo

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This week: Paulo Urbano






1. Name & Nationality
Paulo Urbano, Brazilian, theme Inflammatory diseases.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was a freak child. I loved watching Discovery Channel and National Geographic and I wanted to be a biologist and change the world, exactly who I am today. Actually, I wanted to be a biologist braving the Brazilian Amazon Jungle, and I have not changed the world as you can see, but it is ok, I am going to change the people around me.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I started in a small university in the northeast cost of Brazil and then I moved to the south of Brazil to study Biotechnology at the Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR).

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I'm PhD student at the Laboratory Medicine Immunology (LMI). I'm studying the effect of TNF-alpha in effectors and regulatory CD4 T cells. Our findings are going to provide evidence to understand the mechanism behind the effect of TNF-alpha upon anti-TNF-alpha therapies in autoimmune diseases like Crohn's disease, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. Whatdoes this mean for you?
Our body is a complex and, sometimes, imperfect universe. For those imperfections (diseases) I see a huge messy puzzle disorganized. Every day women and men in the scientific community try to connect the pieces (molecular interactions) to finally understand the causes of the diseases and try to remedy, or even better, prevent those diseases.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Help humankind! I think that my findings are going to help directly or indirectly people around the world. People that suffer from autoimmune diseases, or even others diseases. I just would like to say to them, Don't worry folks, we're fighting for you everyday in the laboratory to give to you a better life, so keep calm and carry on!

7. What is your dream for the future?
It is not only one dream… I would like to be a renowned scientist, have my own research group, live in a desert island (I'm going to skype with my group there), have a dog (golden retriever), a house with white fence and green grass, a big tree in the middle of my living room, a seal, a private laboratory and a beautiful woman by my side, of course and done. Oh! Wait a second, and I would like a boat to do groceries on the continent.

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with twothat are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.
A: I have polydactyly (I have six fingers in each hand). I'm the evolution baby!
B: Actually, I don't belong on this planet. I'm here just for fun because I like the females
from this planet, exotic specie by the way… and of course, laugh at human technology. PS.: Have you still not understood? You're so lazy, mortals!
C: I saw a unicorn once in Brazil (now the territory of this beautiful creature goes beyond Scandinavia. It is just an awesome finding).

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Alex Garanto: A

A: Before coming to the Netherlands I did not like beer.
B: I did once a crazy experiment of 24 consecutive hours that did not work at all.
C: I need to take 1 hour off every day to take a "siesta".

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false.

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