The Institute

Aerial View

The Institute of Biology is an academic entity committed to produce and disseminate knowledge at a high level, promote activities of teaching, research and extension services in the diverse areas of Biological Sciences.


The Institute of Biology is one of the first three academic units dedicated to teaching, research and extension to be created at Unicamp.

The Institute is composed of five departments (Animal Biology; Biochemistry and Tissue Biology; Genetics and Evolution and Bioagents;  Plant Biology; Structural and Functional Biology), and three interdepartmental complementary units: the Herbarium, Zoology Museum and Electron Microscope Laboratory, with about 120 faculty and 190 non-faculty staff.



Holds one of the largest collections in Brazil, with some 90 thousand specimens, attending research workers throughout Brazil and abroad in studies of taxonomy, floristic, phytosociology, ecology, plant physiology, floral biology, chemistry, pharmacology, among others.


Zoology Museum

Holds collections used for scientific studies, teaching, loans and exposition. The 15 scientific collections contain some 430 thousand specimens.


Electron Microscope Laboratory

Integrates the activities of several departments and attends the internal and external academic community as well as companies and firms. It has transmission and scanning electron microscopes and the facilities for the preparation of samples for the study of animal and plant tissues, as well as tissues maintained in culture.


Undergraduate studies

The Institute of Biology is responsible for the courses in Biological Sciences (day and evening) and jointly responsible for the course in Pharmacy, catering for some 600 students per semester. The Institute also teaches disciplines for various other courses at the University, involving over 1500 students per semester.


Bachelor degree and Teaching license in Biological Sciences

The day course may be concluded in eight and the evening course in ten semesters.

The Student’s Guide, published by Editora Abril, classified the Biological Sciences course as 5 star (maximum rating), in their more recent evaluations.



Bachelor degree in Pharmacy

Since 2004 the Institute of Biology is responsible for the Pharmacy course in conjunction with the Institute of Chemistry and the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Besides the common core disciplines, these entities offer numerous optional disciplines for this course, contributing towards the excellent preparation of the professional on graduation.


Graduate studies

The seven graduate courses run by the Institute of Biology at both the Master’s and Doctorate levels cover all the main areas of Biological Sciences and their objectives are the production of science, technology and culture, and the formation of professionals at a high level. According to an evaluation of these courses carried out by CAPES over the triennial 2007-2009, two of them obtained a score of 7 (the maximum), two obtained 6, one 5 and two 4.

  • Animal Biology
  • Biosciences and Technology of Bioactive Products
  • Cellular and Structural Biology
  • Ecology
  • Functional and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Plant Biology


Academic Production


Articles and books

The Institute of Biology has one of the greatest levels of scientific production among the academic units of the University, with an average of over three scientific articles per faculty member per year, besides books and book chapters, and other publications. Information of the scientific production over recent years can be found in the Institutional Report available on



The Institute of Biology also has 50 patents pending and 27 computer programs registered.


Research Groups

The Institute of Biology has currently 60 research groups registered in CNPq directory (


Extension services

These activities include all the main and related areas of Biological Sciences, strictly integrated with other activities of the university, with the view of attending academic interests and those of society.



The Institute of Biology offers services in the following areas:


- Ultra-structural studies;


- Detection of parasites and pathogens in clinical and environmental samples, in foodstuffs;


- DNA sequencing and confection of biochips;


- Biological tests and assays concerning invertebrates.


- Analysis and biological activity of Interleucine 2


- Amino acid analysis and development of purification methods for proteins and peptides;


- Floristic surveys, identification of plants and training in techniques for plant identification.


- Evaluation of the photoprotective potential and toxicity of bioactive and nano-structured substances;


- Histological analyses;


- Diagnosis of viral and bacterial agents and analysis of antiviral and antibacterial products;


- Biochemical analyses of the extracellular matrix;


- Development and establishment of diagnostics and immunodiagnostics;


- Production of immuno-reagents and development of diagnostic kits and immunological chemicals.


- Material for the teaching of genetics and evolution;


- Assessment of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of chemical products;


- Neuroimmunology;


- Analysis of coffee samples and other materials.



The Institute of Biology also offer several Extension and Specializaton Courses (

Digital Library of Sciences (DLS)


The DLS publishes digital material such as softwares, videos, programs of audio, images and supplementary texts, etc., for the teaching of Science, Biology and associated disciplines. The DLS has a peer review system. All material published by the DLS is free access.


Institute of Biology – Unicamp

Rua Monteiro Lobato, 255

13083-862 Campinas SP - Brasil