Dr. El-Bacha Ramon

Dr. El-Bacha Ramon

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics - Health Sciences Institute
Salvador, Brazil

plus Speciality

CELLULAR BIOLOGY

Biography:

Ramon dos Santos El-Bachá is Associate Professor of Medical Biochemistry at The Federal University of Bahia. El-Bachá is also Fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. El-Bachá received the MD degree from The Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). After graduation, he was trained as a resident of The Brazilian Health Unified System at The Ana Nery Hospital. He obtained the M. Sc. degree in Biochemistry at The Federal University of Pernambuco in 1994. He obtained his Ph. D. in Pharmacology under Dr. Alain Minn in 1999 at the Université Henri Poincaré (Nancy - France).

Academic positions:

In 1990, El-Bachá joined the faculty of UFBA as an Auxiliary Lecturer, and in 1996 he became an Assistant Lecturer. After coming back from France, he joined the faculty of UFBA as an Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, where he currently holds an associate appointment.

Research interests:

El-Bachá has studied the cytotoxic effects of catechols to central nervous system cells in vitro, especially glial cells. He has used glioblastoma cells to develop an in vitro oxidative stress model induced by catechol. He has screened natural products derived from Brazilian plants for anti-tumour effects or antioxidant activities in vitro. He is also interested to study the cellular biology of glioma cells and the blood-brain barrier.

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