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Samuel Oliveira, PhD

Dr. Samuel Oliveira obtained his Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Computational Biology at Tampere University (Finland) and Postdoctoral training in Microfluidics and Automation at Boston University (BU). He worked as a Research Assistant Professor and the Senior Manager of the Microfluidics Facility of the "Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Processes" (DAMP) lab (, the Academic Bio-foundry of Boston University.


In 2023, he joined NCA&T as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). His lab investigates the emergence of community complexity, their underlying interactions, and the design principles of synthetic microbiomes. His team applies breakthroughs in computational and synthetic biology methods to improve our knowledge of the links between genetic sequences, intercellular communication, and programmable spatiotemporal behaviors of biological networks. This knowledge is then leveraged to build collective behaviors, such as micro-bio factories of valuable industry products or "smart" biosensors for agriculture and environmental problems.

Sam Oliveira specializes in Bioengineering, Single-cell Live Microscopy, and Microfluidics. He is active in the SynBio community as a member of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), an iGEM team member, judge, and topic editor, and a member of Boston University's STEM Pathways outreach program for high school and undergraduate students.

He co-founded Doroth (, an Agtech company developing DNA-based sensors, microfluidics, and automation for disease monitoring in Brazilian crop fields, is part of the scientific advisory board in bioengineering and microfluidics for Kepley Biosystem (, which applies innovative bleeding approaches for microbial diagnostics for hospital and clinical assays.

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