The Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Universidade de São Paulo - ICB/USP – is located in the central campus of USP on the west side of the city of São Paulo, in the neighborhood of Butantã. See maps with the location of ICB.

ICB has around 144 professors. These are biologists, pharmacists, chemists, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, biomedical scientists and people from several other backgrounds. Almost all of them work exclusively at USP teaching and working in research.


ICB is made up of seven Departments: Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology.


The areas of knowledge of these Departments are essential for the education of biologists, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, nurses, sports professionals and several other occupations. The professors of ICB give classes in their areas of specialty to the students of all these careers. This activity is called undergraduate teaching.

Besides holding classes for students from other Faculties and Institutes of USP, the professors of ICB give classes in a specific ICB course entitled Basic Health Sciences. As of 2012, ICB will be starting the Bachelor’s Degree Course in Biomedical Sciences.


In addition, these professors/scientists take part in graduate studies. They run graduate courses for people who have already concluded their studies at a University and want to expand and build up their knowledge. With the guidance of the professors, the graduate students study and conduct research.

At the end of their graduate program, the students receive the title of Master or Doctor. These titles indicate that they have reached a higher stage of their studies. Besides being qualified to teach at Colleges and Universities, Masters can be Responsible for Undergraduate Disciplines at these institutions.

Besides teaching, Doctors are qualified to set up research laboratories in Colleges, Universities, Research Institutes or in industry. Doctors can also teach graduate courses and supervise Graduate students in order to enable them to obtain their Master’s and Doctorate degrees.


Another important activity of ICB’s professors is their work as research scientists. They perform research in a very broad range of subjects. Their research is generally highly specialized to allow them to focus on a particular area of knowledge. In general, their research is related to the areas of the departments to which they belong.

Main areas of research:

  • Cell signaling, cell communication and membrane transport
  • Reproduction
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasite-host interaction
  • Genetic control of development
  • Genetic control of physiological and pathological functions



ICB offers a series of community outreach programs aimed at people from the external community, i.e. who are not students or employees of USP.


ICB has an excellent anatomical museum that can be visited by people with an interest in anatomy, the Museu de Anatomia Humana Prof. Alfonso Bovero.


ICB has an excellent Central Library filled with hundreds of specialized books on subjects within the areas of interest of its departments, as well as an enormous collection of scientific journals. The Library is open to the public for reference purposes.


Microbiology Games, Courses, Microbiology Exhibition, USP and occupations, Project Microtodos.


Job selection processes are periodically advertised at ICB and USP to fill vacant posts of non-teaching staff of various specialties and teaching staff for their Departments. See here for the list of job vacancies at ICB and at USP.


ICB offers internships to university and secondary school students, provided they are enrolled at public educational institutions.