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Guest Speaker

Keynote Address ~ Dr. Giordano da Silva

Dr. Giordano da Silva Dr. da Silva earned his BA (2002) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Florida, where his research focused on the oxidative stress thought to be a culprit in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease, on the proteolytic processing of the extracellular matrix during embryo development, catalytic promiscuity, DNA oxidation, and biomimetics. As a NIH Fellow at Rice University, Dr. da Silva’s research focused on the biosynthetic pathway of norepinephrine, the oxidative stress in Sickle Cell Anemia, and tumor suppression pathways in non-small cell lung cancer. He spent one year as a visiting scholar at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2013 he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School as a faculty member where his research, focused on the development of optogenetics tools for the treatment of neuropathic pain, light activated defibrillators and the restoration of sight in patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa.

Dr. da Silva joined the private sector in 2016 as a Medical Science Liaison for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, where he worked in the psychiatry and sleep medicine spaces, with a focus on the treatment of schizophrenia and mood disorders as well as rare circadian rhythm sleep disorders. In 2017 he joined Shire Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Medical Science Liaison where his current work in hematology focuses on the treatment of bleeding disorders like hemophilia and Von Willebrand’s disease.

Dr. da Silva has experience teaching and mentoring non-science and science students, as well as medical students. He has been active in educational outreach programs involving students from underrepresented minorities and with emotional and learning disabilities, as well as patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa. He has authored 15 peer-reviewed articles and presented his work in local, regional, and international conferences.

Outside of work hours Dr. da Silva is an accomplished guitar player who has performed and recorded with national and international acts, a vintage guitar collector, and a historian of the Blues.

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