Our dream is to create a network of competitive and innovative professors, researchers, and professional specialists to shake Brazilian science in the coming years!


Enable integration, communication and professional development for Brazilian graduate students in the United States, particularly those whose research field is related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


Become the largest platform for networking among Brazilian graduate students and professionals in the United States, companies, universities, government agencies, and research institutes from Brazil.

Who we are

 Carleara Weiss, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Research Scientist (State University of New York-Buffalo)

Sara Dumit
Public Relations
PhD Candidate at Washington State University

Valdir Barth
Social Media
PhD Candidate at Rutgers University

 Karin Calvinho
Chief Operation Officer
Ph.D. Candidate (Rutgers University)

Clara Caldeira
Finance Officer
PhD Student at University of California - Irvine

Silvia Nishioka
PhD Student at Columbia University

Pedro Tonhozi de Oliveira, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer
Postdoctoral Fellow (Bloch School of Management)

Paula Dalcin Martins
Venue Manager
PhD Candidate at Ohio State University (BRASA Partner)

Past Speakers

Dr. Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, USA, where he holds the chair of Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy. Doctorate at King’s College London, master at UFRJ and Bachelor’s Degree at PUC-RJ. Marcelo did his postdoctoral studies at the Fermi National Laboratory and at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California. His research is funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Templeton Foundation. In 1994, he received from Bill Clinton the Faculty Fellows Award given to only 15 scientists across the country. Currently directs the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College. He is a Fellow and a Member of the General Council of the American Physical Society as well as a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. Marcelo is a columnist for the Folha de SP and an author of 14 books, including the Dance of the Universe, Jabuti award of 1998 and The End of Heaven and Earth, Jabuti  Award of 2002. In 2001 he received the José Reis Science Communication award given by CNPq. In 2015, Marcelo received the Diáspora Brasil Award.

Dr. Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis is a Brazilian doctor, Ph.D. in General Physiology from the University of Sao Paulo. Nicolelis is Professor of  Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and a co-founder and scientific director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal, a brain research facility in Brazil. He is internationally recognized for his work in brain-machine interface technology and neuroprostheses. His famous exoskeleton project allowed a quadriplegic child to deliver the symbolic kickoff at the opening game for the World Cup 2014, in Brazil. Nicolelis’ work advances the science in the field of robotic systems controlled by the brain, especially relevant patients with cerebral palsy.  He was considered one of the 20 greatest scientists in the world by "Scientific American," one of the 100 most influential Brazilians of 2009 by Epoca magazine, voted 2011 Personality of the Year by the newspaper O Globo through the Make a Difference award, and recognized as prominence  in science by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science in 2014. In 2015,  Nicolelis was chosen as one of the most influential thinkers in the world by the North American magazine Foreign Policy.

Ana Lopes
Ana Lopes

Ana is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Physics and is currently pursuing her Master in Business Administration. She is a board member of SciBr Foundation; a charitable, educational and scientific organization dedicated to promoting meaningful cultural and cooperative exchange between the US and Brazil in education, science, innovation, and research. Since 2014, Ana is a Director of Business Development in the Office of Technology Development at Boston University (BU). She manages BU’s portfolio of Physical Sciences inventions with the mission to commercialize the university’s technologies, develop stronger university-industry relations as well as support BU’s entrepreneurial activities. Ana also worked as a Business Development Strategist at E Ink where she was responsible for developing strategies for new markets and applications for the company’s leading electronic paper display (EPD) technology. In addition, Ana has many years of experience with technology transfer, having worked at the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Bernardo Lemos

Leonardo earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. During this time, he participated in projects with the Instituto Nacional do Câncer and received scholarship from CNPq that resulted in 11 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2007, he earned his PhD from Harvard University. Currently, he is a Assistant Professor of Environmental Epigenetics in the Department of Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. His laboratory pursues research themes in epigenetics and cellular memory. The challenge is to understand and manipulate environmentally modulated genetic diseases, such as autism, diabetes, and cancer. Recently, Bernardo received the New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. He publishes in several high impact journals, such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Nature Genetics, PLoS Genetics, Genome Biology, and Frontiers in Genetics.