Francisco Aragão is a scientist and full professor at Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation Ministry of agriculture EMBRAPA Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, where he is responsible for the Laboratory of Genetic Engineering Applied to Tropical Agriculture. He is the pioneer of the first transgenic plants in Brazil expressing genes of agronomic characteristics. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit and associate editor of The Plant Genome (Crop Science Society of America), GM Crops & Food (Taylor & Francis), Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Biotic Interactions) and Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is a contributing professor at the University of Brasília, directing in graduate programs in Molecular Biology (master's and doctorate), Botany (master's and doctorate) and Biotechnology and Diversity (doctorate), Genetics and Molecular Biology of Unicamp. He was a member of the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) in the period between 2008 and 2014. Francisco Aragão leads a research group, which is a national and international reference in genetic engineering of plants. It has developed different patented processes, as well as elite strains of transgenic plants introduced into breeding programs and approved for commercialization, such as imidazolinone tolerant soybean (event BPS-CV127-9) and beans resistant to the Golden Bean Mosaic Virus (BGMV) ( event EMB-PV051-1). He has been actively working in different segments of the Federal Government as a consultant in drafting legislation and government policies.. He is a consultant to the main South American research promotion agencies and to several national and international scientific journals.