Jerson Lima Silva
Jerson Lima Silva received his degree of Medical Doctor from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1984 and finished his PhD in Biophysics in 1987 (Institute of Biophysics, UFRJ). He is Full Professor of Biochemistry in the Institute of Medical Biochemistry at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. His main research interest is in the study of the basic factors of protein folding, misfolding and aggregation involved in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Silva has published more than 140 full papers and reviews. Silva was recipient of many prizes and awards, including Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1991), Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit (Command in 2002, Great-Cross in 2009), TWAS Prize in Biology (2005), FCW Prize in General Science from Fundação Conrado Wessel (2010). Silva is member and director of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). Silva is the Director of the Jiri Jonas National Center for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (UFRJ), Coordinator of the National Institute for Science and Technology for Structural Biology and Biomaging and Scientific Director of the Rio de Janeiro State Funding Agency (Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro).