Dr. Guilherme Oliveira Receives Medal of Merit
Photo credit: Vale Institute of Technology (ITV)
June 15, 2021

The Brazilian Association of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (AB³C) has awarded iBOL’s Dr. Guilherme Oliveira with a Medal of Merit for his efforts to drive bioinformatics and computational biology knowledge in Brazil.

AB³C brings together researchers and students working with biodiversity data through meetings and workshops, and it represents its members at national and international events. According to the organization’s website, the Medal of Merit also celebrates Oliveira’s dedication to mentoring graduate students and the next generation of biodiversity researchers.


Oliveira, who has been a member of iBOL’s Science Committee since 2019, represents the Vale Institute of Technology (ITV), a private non-profit research institute in Belém, capital of the state of Pará in northeastern Amazon. Oliveira is the Scientific Knolwedge Manager at ITV where his team is developing the tools and bioinformatics infrastructure to protect biodiversity in the Amazon.

Oliveira’s research group works in various biomes, including the biologically important The Carajás National Forest which has been heavily impacted by cattle ranching and illegal mining. Using computational biology, DNA barcoding, and other molecular and morphological tools, ITV is building knowledge about biodiversity and species’ adaptive traits to design better conservation methods. This multidisciplinary approach maps land usage, vegetation coverage, climate change, and weather. Oliveira’s research analyzes regeneration of degraded areas in the Amazon employing hydrology, geochemistry, and socioeconomic assessments to provide sustainable approaches for income generation in the standing forest and flowing rivers.

Sujeevan Ratnasingham, chief architect of BOLD Systems
Dr. Guilherme Oliveira, Scientific Knowledge Manager, Vale Insitute of Technology.
Photo credit: Iben Julie Schmidt

Oliveira is involved in various research networks including CABANA, an organization that builds capacity for bioinformatics in Latin America. He is also a member of the Brazilian Barcode of Life initiative (BrBOL).

Oliveira will receive the AB³C Medal at a virtual award ceremony on October 27, 2021, at #XmeetingXP.

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International Barcode of Life Consortium

Hannah James
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