future physics student Maria Eduarda FerraraShe is only 17 years old, and she already has an exemplary record of dedication to research. In 2020, when I was in my second year of high school, in Professor Jose Ignacio de Sousa, State School, Received a scientific start-up grant. teenager studying Antibacterial effect of green propolis in the fight against periodontal disease.
The opportunity was through the Institutional Program for Scientific Initiation in Secondary School (Pibic-EM), through an agreement with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), in partnership with the Federal University of Oberlandia (UFU).
Still In high school in June last yearMaria Eduarda participated in It was the second edition of the Young Brazilian Scientists Exhibition (FBJC) when it won the Excellence in Research Award. With the student getting second place in the biological sciences category, the student received a certificate of accreditation to participate in the twentieth edition of the Biological Sciences competition Brazilian Science and Engineering Fair (Vibras).
At the event that took place between March 14 and 26, she said Won two other prizes: 1st place in the General Biological Sciences category and the prize from the Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq). From this post, Maria Edwarda Won the chance to go to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Atlanta, United States, between May 7 and 13.
Now, with the completion of high school, Maria Eduarda has been approved for a physics course at the University of São Paulo.
“More than that, I see the importance of showing the young Brazilian science to the world, that we are still struggling for science that is understated. Despite everything, we are ready to go and represent our country in the best possible way, in this way we encourage more and more activities scientific”, advertiser.
Carlos Henrique Gómez Martins, Maria Eduarda Ferreira and Nagila Bernadelle, during the February period. Photo: personal archive
The main goal of Maria Eduarda’s research is to analyze the antibacterial activity of green propolis, a natural compound produced by bees, to combat gum disease.
Different types of gum disease treatments result in the use of different medications, which leads to bacterial resistance. This makes the need to identify new compounds with antibacterial potential.
Through the experiments, it was possible to determine that all eight of the bacteria the study worked on were inhibited from growth, which shows how effective the antibacterial activity of propolis is against these bacteria and how there are many natural products that need and must be studied.
The student was supervised by Professor Carlos Henrique Gómez Martins, from the Laboratory for Antimicrobial Assays (LEA) and from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Icbim/UFU), and co-supervised by Nagela Bernadelli, a biomedical student and PhD student in the Graduate Program in Immunology and Applied Parasitology (PPIPA). /UFU), in addition to collaborating with Professor Jiro Bastos of the University of São Paulo (USP) and Professors Ricardo Ambrosio and Rodrigo Veneziano of the University of Franca (Unifran).
“We will have the opportunity to introduce what high school students in the United States do at Federal University Uberlandia. The UFU Allowed the use of labs and grants [de Iniciação Científica] It encourages us to receive and develop these students [pesquisas] from an early age, which will encourage them to continue research when they graduate”Professor Carlos Henrique Gomez Martins concluded.
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