Our Staff and Volunteers

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect the compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.

Ana Valeria Barros de Castro

It is humbling for me, and awe-inspiring, to realize that we have caught the first glimpse of our own instruction book, previously known only to God. - Francis Collins

Benilton Carvalho

Co-Founder | Administrative Director (2014- )
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. -- P Ryan

Emerson Urushibata

International Relations

Houtan Noushmehr

Co-Founder | President (2014- )
I don't always work but when I do, I prefer to explore the human genome. Stay fresh my friends!

Martin Morgan

Co-Founder | Vice-President (2014- )

Simon Coetzee

Data management coordinator
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. -Yogi Berra

Tathiane Malta


Thaís Sabedot

International Relations
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life - Confucius

Virginia Wagatsuma

Finance Director (2014- )
More About Our Foundation
Goals and importance of LAb.Foundation:  
  • To promote collaboration between Latin American research community with the broader Bioconductor community by encouraging greater use of the Bioconductor open source software packages for data analysis.
  • To gather together Latin American professionals, students and institutions interested in analyzing genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, transcriptomics e metabolomics data (i.e. data generated from microarrays, sequencing and other high throughput technologies) utilizing open source tools in Bioinformatics and are in agreement with open source community philosophy.
  • To foster Latin American students and researchers to develop open source software and contribute to the repository of the broader Bioconductor software packages.
  • To train Latin American students and researchers on computational and statistical methods for the analysis of genomics, epigenomics, proteomics and transcriptomics data.
  • To provide technical and professionalizing courses developed specifically for Latin American institutions in collaboration with non Latin American institutions in Bioinformatics and in the use of Bioconductor software packages for undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • To  provide didactic materials from administered academic courses provided for Latin American institutions.
  • To establish programs and joint actions within Latin American scientific and academic institutions and between non Latin American scientific and academic institutions in the fields of Bioinformatics and Bioconductor.
  • To promote meetings, congresses, symposia, courses and publications providing basic and advanced knowledge and information in the use of Bioinformatics by applying and developing open source software packages in the broader Bioconductor community.
  • To collaborate with governmental services through, but not limited to, government and private grants in developing programs that require the knowledge in bioinformatics through the promotion of training, fellowships, consultant services, courses, fairs to the lay community.
  • To promote better utilization and distribution of scientific staff in Bioinformatics field and planning the training of specialists needed to develop the countries.
  • To encourage and facilitate partnerships between academic and industry in order to train skilled bioinformaticians geared for biotechnology.