Marcos Y. Yoshinaga, Ph.D., is a Biologist with a background in Oceanography, currently working as a post doc scholar at the Institute of Chemistry of the University of São Paulo (Brazil).
My research interest in a nutshell: My interest on lipid research goes back to the very first year of my PhD, when I learned that lipids could be used as biomarkers to ascertain sources of organic matter in marine sediments. During my post doc in Germany, I had the opportunity to investigate microbial lipid biomarkers using modern techniques of liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. The experience gained by performing state-of-the-art lipidomics in a multitude of extremophilic microbes was my major contribution in co-founding the MLCCS in 2014. Working under the premise that lipids and bioenergetics are inseparable and using the tripartite membrane lipid code to explain lipid’s structure-function, the MLCCS principles provided a boost in scientific guidance to my career. Recently back to my hometown in Brazil, my current task is to implement a chemical model of singlet oxygen formation (via the interaction of cytochrome c and peroxidized cardiolipin) into a biological context. For this purpose I intend to examine the significance of lipid peroxidation in generating singlet oxygen in biological models, ranging from unicellular bacteria, algae and yeast to multicellular eukaryotes.