Thiago Puglieri’s teaching and research are located at the intersections of art history, chemistry, and conservation. His interests are in technical studies and conservation science, focusing in the history and cultural heritage of Indigenous groups from the Americas; although he also works with other arts and cultural heritage. His projects delve into the historical and cultural aspects while also exploring scientific and technological advancements within Indigenous cultures. The investigations involve archival research, chemical characterizations of collections, and engagement with Indigenous communities. Puglieri teaches and supervise students at the Department of Art History and the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Puglieri is currently a member of the international advisory committee of the project “An International Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science” from NICAS (Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art, and Science), was the vice president of ANTECIPA (National Association of Research in Heritage Science and Technology, Brazil), and was coordinator of the division “Investigation of Materials, Systems, and Techniques” of the “Technical Commission for Cultural Heritage” of ABENDI (Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection).

Prior to joining the Department of Art History at UCLA, he was a professor at the Department of Museology, Conservation, and Restoration of the Federal University of Pelotas (Brazil, from 2015 to 2022 – also teaching and supervising students in the Program of Social Memory and Cultural Heritage), and was a Visiting Researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute from 2019 to 2020.


Ph.D. Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, 2015


  • Puglieri, T. S.; Maccarelli, L. “Paint and Coloring Materials from the Brazilian Amazon Forest: Beyond Urucum and Jenipapo.” Heritage, v. 6, n. 8, p. 5883-5898, 2023.
  • Puglieri, T. S.; Madden, O.; Andrade, G. F. S. “SHINERS in cultural heritage: Can SHINERS spectra always be compared with normal Raman spectra? A study of alizarin and its adsorption in the silicon dioxide shell.” Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, v. 52, n. 8, p. 1406-1417, 2021.
  • Puglieri, T. S.; Milheira, R. G.; Del Lama, E. A.; Magon, P. M.; Santos, S. S. “Multi-technique investigation of potshards of a cerrito (earthen mound) from southern Brazil.” Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, v. 206, p. 48-56, 2019.
  • Puglieri, T. S.; Ribeiro, D. L.; de Souza, D. V.; Gastaud, C.; Yamasaki, A.; Schneid, P. S. “Teaching of science and heritage education: a methodological fusion for teaching of chemistry, heritage preservation, and scientific popularization.” Ciência & Educação (Bauru), v. 25, n. 2, p. 449-466, 2019.
  • Brandt, J.; Wagner, I.; Puglieri, T. S. “Die Skulpturen der ehemaligen Jesuitenmissionen in Paraguay – Mal- und Fasstechniken.” In: Emmerling, E.; Gramatke, C. (Org.) “Die polychromen Holzskulpturen der jesuitischen Reduktionen in Paracuaria, 1609 – 1767. Kunsttechnologische Untersuchungen unter Berücksichtigung des Beitrags deutscher Jesuiten.” 1ed. München: TUM, 2019, v. 2, p. 41-70.
  • Bernardino, N. D.; Puglieri, T. S.; Faria, D. L. A. “Effect of MnO2 and α-Fe2O3 on organic binders degradation investigated by Raman spectroscopy.” Vibrational Spectroscopy, v. 70, p. 70-77, 2014.
  • Faria, D. L. A.; Cavicchioli, A.; Puglieri, T. S. “Indoors lead corrosion: reassessing the role of formaldehyde.” Vibrational Spectroscopy, v. 54,  n. 2, p. 159-163, 2010.


  1. Science Fundamentals in Conservation of Materials (seminar)
  2. Science of Conservation Materials and Methods I (seminar)
  3. Cultural Materials Science II: Characterization Methods in Conservation of Materials (seminar)
  4. Selected Topics in Museum Studies – Technical Art History (seminar)

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