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Professor Francisco Salzano


Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Dr Francisco M. Salzano graduated in Natural Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, in 1950, and specialized in Genetics at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, in 1951. Returning to Porto Alegre, he was admitted as a member of UFRGS’s staff in 1952, and in 1955 obtained his PhD at USP before taking up post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA (1956-1957).

Over the years, he has developed his professional career at UFRGS, reaching the Professorship level in 1981, and in 1999 he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor.

His scientific investigations started with research in Drosophila, but after his post-doctoral stay in the USA he turned to human genetics, in which he has been engaged ever since. He has collaborated in investigations involving Brazilian native grasses, wheat, rodents, felines, cattle, chicken, and non-human primates. In relation to Homo sapiens, his studies involved normal and pathological characteristics in a large number of populations of all major ethnic groups, with an emphasis in South Amerindians.

He is the author or co-author of 1,503 contributions to scientific literature, including 524 full scientific papers, 60 book chapters, and 21 books. A total of 45 PhD and 48 MSc candidates obtained their degrees under his supervision.

Francisco has served the governing boards of many national and international associations and received many honours at these two levels, and is a member of the Brazilian, Americna, Chilean, Latin American, and Third World Academies of Science. Additionally, he has Honoris Causa Doctorates from the Universities of Toulouse and Costa Rica.