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Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato simultaneously completed his Bachelor of Physics (University of São Paulo, USP) and Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar) degrees in 1981 and earned a doctorate degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1987. He is currently a full professor at USP and the director of the Institute of Physics of São Carlos of USP. He has published nearly 700 articles in specialized journals, written 29 book chapters, published 7 books, and received numerous awards and honors. He has also advised students on more than 100 master's theses and doctoral dissertations in the areas of physics, dentistry, and medicine. Bagnato works in the Department of Atomic Physics and Applications of Optics in Health Sciences. Specifically, he studies cold atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates, and photodynamic actions in the contexts of cancer and microbiological control. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, and the National Academy of Sciences. He coordinates the Center for Research in Optics and Photonics (CEPOF), which integrates basic and applied sciences. He is also engaged in several pursuits regarding technological innovation and dissemination of scientific findings.