Department of Pathology

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Phone: (55) 31 983806886 Emails: /


(2016 – present) Professor, Department of Pathology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

(2014 – 2016) Posdoc, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA, Field of Study: Stem cell biology, Advisor: Paul S. Frenette, MD.

(2010 – 2014) Ph.D., Neuroscience Program, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA, Field of Study: Stem cell biology, Advisor: Osvaldo Delbono, Ph.D., MD.

(2009 – 2010) Research Scholar, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA, Field of Study: Muscle biology, Advisor: Osvaldo Delbono, Ph.D, MD.

(2005 - 2009) B.S., Biomedical Science, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, UESC, Ilheus, Brazil, Field of Study: Genetics of microorganisms, Advisors: Rachel Passos Rezende, Ph.D. and Joao Carlos Teixeira Dias, Ph.D


Area of Interest

Instructor in the Basic Biochemistry course for Biology, Nursing, Veterinary and Agronomy students, UESC, Brazil, 2006.

Instructor in the Cellular Biology course for Biology students, UESC, Brazil, 2007.

"Techniques for Diagnoses of Intestinal Parasites", UESC, Brazil, 2007 (instructor of a short term course)

Instructor in the Medical Bacteriology course for Biomedicine students, UESC, Brazil, 2007.

Lecturer in Pathology course for Biomedicine and Pharmacy, UFMG, Brazil, 2016-present

top publication

(1) Costa MA, Paiva AE, Andreotti JP, Cardoso MV, Cardoso CD, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2018) Pericytes constrict blood vessels after myocardial ischemia. J Mol Cell Cardiol. In press. PMID: 29371134.


(2) Andreotti JP, Lousado L, Magno LAV, Birbrair A. (2017) Hypothalamic Neurons Take Center Stage in the Neural Stem Cell Niche. Cell Stem Cell. 21(3):293-294. PMID: 28886362.


(3) Guerra DAP, Paiva AE, Sena IFG, Azevedo PO, Batista ML Jr, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) Adipocytes role in the bone marrow niche. Cytometry A. In press. PMID: 29236351.


(4) Azevedo PO, Sena IFG, Andreotti JP, Carvalho-Tavares J, Alves-Filho JC, Cunha TM, Cunha FQ, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) Pericytes modulate myelination in the central nervous system. J Cell Physiol. In press. PMID: 29215724.


(5) Birbrair A. (2017) Stem Cell Microenvironments and Beyond. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1041:1-3. PMID: 29204825.


(6) Santos GSP, Prazeres PHDM, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) Role of pericytes in the retina. Eye (Lond). In press. PMID: 29125148.


(7) Prazeres PHDM, Almeida VM, Lousado L, Andreotti JP, Paiva AE, Santos GSP, Azevedo PO, Souto L, Almeida GG, Filev R, Mintz A, Gonçalves R, Birbrair A. (2017) Macrophages Generate Pericytes in the Developing Brain. Cell Mol Neurobiol. In press. PMID: 28894964.


(8) Sena IFG, Prazeres PHDM, Santos GSP, Borges IT, Azevedo PO, Andreotti JP, Almeida VM, Paiva AE, Guerra DAP, Lousado L, Souto L, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) LepR+ cells dispute hegemony with Gli1+ cells in bone marrow fibrosis. Cell Cycle. In press. PMID: 28976809.



(9) Paiva AE, Lousado L, Almeida VM, Andreotti JP, Santos GSP, Azevedo PO, Sena IFG, Prazeres PHDM, Borges IT, Azevedo V, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) Endothelial cells as precursors for osteoblasts in the metastatic prostate cancer bone. Neoplasia. 19(11):928-931. PMID: 28957694.


(10) Lousado L, Prazeres PHDM, Andreotti JP, Paiva AE, Azevedo PO, Santos GSP, Filev R, Mintz A, Birbrair A. (2017) Schwann cell precursors as a source for adrenal gland chromaffin cells. Cell Death and Disease. 8(10):e3072. PMID: 28981120.