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 (www.damplab.org), 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.
He is engaged in the SemiSynBio community as a member of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), the SynBio academic competition named Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), famous for promoting intensive research opportunities to early engineers, and Boston University's Outreach Program STEM Pathways, most known for engaging high schoolers and undergrads in STEM careers. Finally, Dr. Oliveira co-founded Doroth, a company that applied DNA-based sensors and hardware/software automation to bring disease monitoring solutions to large crop fields in Brazil.