Lino Barañao

Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation

Lino Barañao has been Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation since the position was first created in 2007. He was appointed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in 2007 and again in 2011, and was reappointed by President Mauricio Macri in December 2015.

A chemical scientist by training, Dr. Barañao has had an extensive career as an investigative scientist in Argentina, the United States and Germany, specializing in cellular biology, reproductive physiology and animal biotechnology. In 2002 he was part of the first team in Ibero-America to successfully clone a calf, genetically altered to produce milk containing the human growth hormone (HGH). 

From 2003 to 2007 he served as President of the National Agency for the Promotion of Science & Technology. He continues to be Principal Researcher at CONICET, the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, and is Professor of Biological Chemistry at the Faculty of Exact & Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He has published more than 60 investigative studies in international journals. 

He has received several awards for his scientific research, including the Konex Diploma in Biotechnology (2003), the ‘Nación de Oro’ for excellence in the field of agricultural research and investigation (2003), and the Sadosky Award for Argentine Excellence (2005). 

He graduated in Chemical Sciences from the Faculty of Exact & Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in 1976, and received a doctorate in Chemistry at the same faculty in 1981. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, and at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, United States.