Prof. Helio Schechtman graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BSc) at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1983 and obtained a Masters degree (M.Sc.) in Biomedical Engineering at the same institute in 1985. In 1988 he spent a year in Japan studying at the JICA Training Course in Radiation Sciences. In 1990 he started studying towards a Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of London and concluded it in 1995. Throughout these studies he has been recipient of merit scholarships.

In 1989 he joined Fundação Oswaldo Cruz as a researcher, where is currently employed as Senior Researcher. In 2003, on a sabbatical, he spent a year as Research Fellow at the University of Auckland.

He is interested on modeling biological phenomena, such as the mechanical properties of connective tissues, the biological response to parasites and currently on Aedes aegypti mosquito populations and their resistance to chemical insecticide. Based on the results of these research subjects has published book chapters, peer-reviewed and conference papers.