LATS Senior Awards

Janete Maria Cerutti

Winner 2015


Janete Maria Cerutti, Ph.D, is currently Associate Professor of Genetics, Head of Genetic Bases of Thyroid Tumor Laboratory and Chief of Genetics Division in the Department of Morphology and Genetics, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Dr. Cerutti received her Biological degree at the Universidade de Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In 1987 she moved to Campinas, São Paulo, where she did obtained her M.Sc. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP) (1988-1991). In 1991 she applied for a PhD-sandwich program at the Dipartimento di Biologia e Patologia Cellulare e Molecolare, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia di Napoli, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II, under the supervision of Professor Alfredo Fusco. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNICAMP in 1995, after presenting her thesis focused on the role of c-MYC in the pathogenesis of human thyroid carcinoma cell lines. In 1996, she moved to São Paulo, where she continued her studies on thyroid cancer at the Endocrinology Division, UNIFESP, as a Post-doc research fellow under the supervision of Rui MB Maciel (1996-2001). In 2002-2003 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Pathology, Duke University School of Medicine. In 2003 she returned from USA and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Genetics, Division of Genetics, Department of Morphology and Genetics, UNIFESP. In 2005, she was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 2009 she was appointed as Livre-Docente (Habillitation) and established a research laboratory at UNIFESP.

Dr. Cerutti has published over 70 original papers and reviews in peer-reviewed top-ranked journals. Besides her contribution for thyroid research, she was Graduate Program Director in Structural and Functional Biology at UNIFESP (2009-2014), supervised Post-Doc and mentored over 30 post-graduate (Ph.D. and M.Sc.) and 20 undergraduate students. Dr. Cerutti has also an active role in the Brazilian Endocrine Society (Sociedade Brasileira de Endocrinologia e Metabologia), being elected member of the board of Directors of the Thyroid Chapter (2013-2016). She is an associate member of LATS (since 1996). She was recipient of the LATS Young Investigator Award in 2001. In LATS, Dr. Cerutti has served as an elected-member of the Executive (since 2007) and Scientific Committee (since 2005). She is also a corresponding member of American Thyroid Association (since 2005) and Endocrine Society (2008-2010) and a member of The Brazilian Genetic Society (since 2009). 

Dr. Cerutti has awarded by grants from national (CNPq and FAPESP) agencies and was a co-investigator on an R21-R33-funded study (NIH). She is a research investigator of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) (since 2003). Her current major interests include identification of new biomarkers for the preoperative diagnosis of thyroid nodule.  She also coordinates several studies on the molecular and clinical aspects of the differentiated and medullary thyroid carcinomas.