Luiz Pedro Carvalho: Biography

Luiz was born and grew up in the south of Brazil and obtained degrees in pharmacy (1999) and MSc (2001) from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre. Luiz then moved to the US to pursue his PhD studies in the laboratory of John S. Blanchard, at the Biochemistry Department of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2006), in New York. He studied mechanistic enzymology, inhibition kinetics and protein chemistry.

For postdoctoral training Luiz joined Carl Nathan's laboratory at the Weill Cornell Medical College (2006-2011) in New York, to explore the use of rational approaches to antibiotic research and learn about Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its interaction with the host. In addition to antibiotic research Luiz also contributed to the first applications of LC-MS-based metabolomics methods for functional genomics and system-level studies of M. tuberculosis, under guidance of Kyu Y. Rhee, also at Cornell.

In 2011 Luiz moved to the Medical Research Council (MRC)'s National Institute for Medical Research (now part of the Francis Crick Institute) to establish his laboratory working on how Mtb enzymes work, how they are inhibited by antibiotics and how they are linked together to form the metabolic network that makes Mtb such a successful pathogen. Luiz has been awarded an MRC Centenary Award and the 2014 Merck Irving S. Sigal Award.

External collaborations:

  • Prof. Perdita Barran, University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof. Adrian Goldman, University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr. Nick West, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof. Gurdyal S. Besra, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr. Edina Rosta, King's College London, UK
Luiz Pedro Carvalho

Luiz Pedro Carvalho
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  • Qualifications and history
  • 2000-1 MSc Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2001-6 PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA
  • 2006-11 Post doctoral fellow Cornell University, New York, USA
  • 2011-2015 Group Leader at Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 2015 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK