Education and Training

University of Toronto (UofT), Department of Chemistry & Department of Computer Science, Toronto, ON, Canada (2019 – present)

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (starting 2020)

Florida State University (FSU), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Tallahassee, FL, USA (2014 – 2018)

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Institute of Chemistry, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

  • BSc in Chemistry, with technological attributions (2008 – 2013)
  • Science without Borders scholar, academic exchange at University of Lisbon (UL), Portugal (2012 – 2013)


In 2019, Gabe joined the University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Matter Lab, led by Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik. His research rests at the interface between machine learning and organic chemistry, where he aims to develop new platforms for autonomous reaction discovery, with emphasis on catalysis. In 2020, Gabe received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his work titled "Designing Catalysts with Artificial Intelligence." His ultimate goal is to establish an independent research program focused on the development of new chemical reactions, pioneering research and training the next-generation of chemists.

Under the guidance of Professor Igor V. Alabugin, Gabe earned his PhD in Fall 2018 from Florida State University, where he also was awarded the LASER Fellowship in 2014 and the 2016-2017 IBM PhD Scholarship. At FSU, his research was centered on the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity, focusing on the development and applications of stereoelectronic effects. His dissertation was entitled "Controlling Chemical Reactivity with Stereoelectronic Effects." For his work at FSU, in 2018, Gabe was: awarded the FSU's Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award for his work in Computational Chemistry; awarded the ACS COMP Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for his work on the mechanism of the Gold-Catalyzed Bergman Cyclization; selected for the CAS SciFinder Future Leaders Program; selected for the ACS ORGN Graduate Research Symposium.

Gabe received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under supervision of Professor Pierre Mothè Esteves, in 2013. His research at that university was focused on theoretical studies of electrophilic aromatic nitration via single electron transfer and a final project on the development of methane clathrates inhibitors. He also spent a year at the University of Lisbon, Portugal in an academic exchange researching reduced graphene oxides, with Professor Maria José Lourenço. Outside of the lab, Gabe is a total music nerd, always looking for new tonalities. His favorite album of all times is "In Rainbows," by Radiohead.

Awards, Honors, Grants & Media

  • Featured on the “Next Great Impossible” series by Merck/Milipore-Sigma (2020)
  • NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020)
  • Featured on Florida State University’s College of Arts & Sciences Spectrum Magazine with the article “Scientific Sensation” (2019)
  • CAS SciFinder Future Leaders (2018)
  • ACS COMP Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award (2018)
  • FSU’s Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award (2018)
  • Selected for IUPAC’s Periodic Table of Younger Chemists as “Yttrium” (2018)
  • Featured as a Florida State University Student Star (2018)
  • ACS Graduate Research Symposium @ Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (talk, 2018)
  • Machine Learning in Science and Engineering Symposium @ Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (travel award, 2018)
  • Florida State University Fellows Society (inducted, 2017)
  • 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry), invitation as young researcher (2017)
  • Philip Schlenoff Graduate Travel Award (2017)
  • FSU Student Employee of the Year Award, nomination (2017)
  • IBM PhD Scholarship (2016)
  • NSF XSEDE (TG-CHE160006): grant in the form of supercomputer time (2016, renewed for 2017 & 2018)
  • FSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend (2016)
  • FSU’s Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) travel award to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting (2016)
  • Latin America-Caribbean (LAC) FSU Scholarship (2015–2018)
  • Latin American Student Education and Research (LASER) Program Fellowship @ FSU (2014)
  • Science without Borders Program and Scholarship @ UL (2012–2013)
  • Gas Exploitation Oral Section winner: 6th Brazilian Meeting of R&D in Oil and Gas, as PRH01-ANP Scholar (2011)
  • Honorable Mention: XXXII Jornada Giulio Massarani de Iniciação Científica, as a CNPq Scholar (2010)