Francisco ‘Chico’Campos was born in Ceara, Brazil. He received his BS degree in Biology from the University of Ceara, Brazil and his Ph.D. in plant Biochemistry from university of Durham, England in 1984.
He then joined Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil and focused his research in identifying in plants, protein inhibitors of peptidases that could target the digestive peptidases o insect pests of stored seeds.
In 1988, he left Brazil to join the group of Klaus Apel at the University of Kiel, Germany (1988-90) and subsequently at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland (1990-92), where he studied the role of Thionins as components of the defense armory of plants against bacteria and fungi.
In 1993, he returned to his alma mater, and from then on, his research is found in exploring the potential of crop plants from the Brazilian north-east (particularly Ricinus communis and Jatropha curcas) as sources of raw material for the production of Biodiesel.