ESALQ-University of Sao Paulo
Professor José Roberto Postali Parra graduated in agronomic engineering from ESALQ/USP in 1968 and obtained his MSc and PhD at the University of São Paulo in 1972 and 1975, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral studies during 1977-78 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He began his professional activity at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC) in Brazil, remaining in this institution from 1969 to 1974 in the Entomology Section. In 1974, he was hired as an assistant professor at the Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ), University of Sao Paulo, where he became associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 1999.
He was dean of ESALQ/USP during 2003-2007, and has worked as chair of various academic and administrative committees and councils. His field of expertise is insect biology, nutrition, and biological control, with emphasis on parasitic Hymenoptera. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in these areas.