The Institute of Chemistry of the University of São Paulo is home to the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry with around 100 research laboratories. The Institute also hosts the Central Analítica (Analytical Center) which provides access to large multi-user instruments and services in a variety of analytical techniques.

The Institute of Chemistry offers 6 types of bachelor’s degrees, as well as gradute (Master’s and Doctorate) programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The research areas of the Department of Biochemistry include Cell Signaling, Gene Expression, Molecular Microbiology, Structural Biology, Enzymology, Neuroscience, Biological Membranes, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics. Diseases such as cancer, diabetes and obesity are among the subjects of study, in addition to diseases caused by tropical parasites and bacteria. The Institute is home to the Center for Redox Processes in Biomedicine (CEPID Redoxoma), a multidisciplinary network of researchers focused on investigating redox processes in biological systems. It also hosts the Support Center for Research in Computational and Genomic Biology (NUBIC).

The Institute welcomes visiting graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers from countries around the world, creating a multinational and multicultural atmosphere in its corridors and laboratories, enriching its teaching and research activities.


Access instrumentation is made available to external users mainly through the Central Analítica (Analytical Center). Visit for details regarding available instrumentation, inquiries and procedures for scheduling access.

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (800 MHz with cryoprobe, 500 MHz and two 300 MHz)
  • X-ray diffractometer for protein crystals
  • Protein crystallization room
  • Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM)
  • Sample grid preparation room for cryoelectron microscopy with vitrobot
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Circular dichroism
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Optical Emission Spectrometry with Plasma – ICP OES
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • DNA sequencing
  • Elemental Analysis – CHN
  • Thermal analysis – TGA, DSC and DMA


Central Analítica do Instituto de Química

Universidade de São Paulo
Av. Professor Lineu Prestes 748
São Paulo – SP
CEP 05508-000
Tel: (+55-11) 3091-3212