Renato Branco

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joined the IBRI in September 2021

Renato Branco

Renato C. S. Branco joined the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) to work in the Templin Lab, which is investigating the cellular mechanisms that underlie the relationship between islet immune responses and beta cell death in diabetes.

Prior to working at the IBRI, Branco was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Campinas at the Obesity and Comorbidities Research Centre in Brazil. There, he investigated the role of the enzyme pyruvate carboxylase on skeletal muscle insulin resistance and its participation in type 2 diabetes mellitus onset.

Branco received his PhD from the University of Campinas, where he studied the effects of the amino acid taurine on beta cell metabolism and function in prediabetic mice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Beta cell metabolism
  • Functional biology
  • Islet immunity
  • Molecular biology


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Functional and Molecular Biology), University of Campinas, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), University of Maringa, 2008