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Prof. Laura Lechuga - NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications -

Government & public sector
Home country
Type of research activities
Applied research, Experimental development
Fields of research
Engineering and technology, Medical and health sciences
Specialisation and expertise

Our activity encompasses the entire process of generating new photonic biosensor devices, including fundamental research and theoretical design, nanofabrication, surface biofunctionalization, lab-on-a-chip integration, and their final validation in real scenarios. We have widely demonstrated our expertise in:

  • Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR and LSPR) biosensors: design and development of portable devices with user-friendly operation and high performance.
  • Bimodal Waveguide (BiMW) biosensors: our pioneering design of interferometric nanophotonic system for ultrasensitive label-free analysis.
  • Sensor biofunctionalization: unique know-how on gold and silicon surface chemistry strategies for controlled and optimum bioreceptor immobilization, including proteins, antibodies, and oligonucleotides.
  • Biomedical applications: assay development and clinical validation for diagnostics and therapy monitoring of different diseases and disorders, including cancer, infections, celiac disease, allergies, etc. Our biosensors have been successfully applied for detection of proteins, antibodies, microRNA, pathogens (virus and bacteria), peptides, drugs, and also epigenetic biomarkers (alternative splicing, DNA methylation, etc.).
  • Environmental applications: assay development and validation for detection and monitoring of pollutants and contaminants in water, food, etc.
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Fundação Getulio Vargas

Higher education
Home country
Type of research activities
Applied research, Basic research, Experimental development
Fields of research
Economics and Business, Education, Sociology, Law, Political science, Social and economic geography, Media and communications, Other social sciences, Engineering and technology, Medical and health sciences, Humanities and the arts
Specialisation and expertise

Regarding the pandemics impacts and response, we believe that the Brazilian case, given its diversity, persistent inequality and continental dimensions, can bring insights and lessons that will be useful to both poor and rich countries. In short, FGV Social will process multiple sources of information in order to assess all policies and actions implemented in Brazil to diminish the pandemics’ negative impacts, especially on vulnerable groups such as the elderly, individuals with morbidities, through social distancing etc, besides proposing solutions to improve or change them. Some of the expected outcomes of the research partnership are the following: i) Empirical data diagnosis describing the reality of the vulnerable population before and after the pandemics in Brazil and elsewhere using fresh sources of microdata (e.g. first-hand assessment on poverty and inequality changes and the identification of new behavioural and perceptions patterns). ii) Estimating the coverage and effectiveness of the government measures taken to mitigate the pandemics’ effects, in addition to propose upgrades, complementary policies and empirical experiments. iii) Impact the public opinion through the diffusion of our previous research results in a wide and friendly data set with interactive maps, rankings, tables and simulators based on statistical models are available in the internet at: For more information and for contacting FGV Social, feel free to e-mail Marcelo Neri, the Centre’s Director, at The Centre for Bureaucracy Studies (NEB) is a research group at FGV that analyses public policies by considering the public servants that conceive them in practice. During the coronavirus pandemics, NEB has conducted research to understand the effects of the pandemics on frontline workers from the areas of health, social assistance and security, drawing from surveys and interviews and collecting data with more than 10000 frontline workers throughout Brazil to assess how the pandemics has altered work practices and how frontline workers have experienced these changes. Besides that, NEB has also analysed the effects of the pandemics on gender, with a focus on female health workers. For more information and for contacting NEB, feel free to e-mail Gabriela Lotta, Professor at Public Administration at FGV and NEB’s Coordinator, at the address

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