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Glaucia Mendes Souza holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP, University of São Paulo) Institute of Biosciences. In 1993, she received a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the USP Instituto de Química (IQ, Institute of Chemistry). Her postdoctoral work included research in glycobiology at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (1994-1996) and in molecular genetics at Baylor College of Medicine (1996-1997). In 2004, she became a tenured professor in the Biochemistry Department of USP.
Dr. Souza currently heads the USP IQ Signal Transduction Laboratory and coordinates various initiatives in sugarcane genomics, including the Sugarcane Expressed Sequence Tag (SUCEST) Project and the SUCEST-Functional Genomics Phase (SUCEST-FUN) Project.
Dr. Souza works primarily in the fields of molecular biology and plant genomics, focusing on the identification of genes associated with agronomic traits of interest and on the analysis of sugarcane signal transduction pathways and regulatory networks, as well as on sucrose metabolism and the mechanisms of biomass accumulation and response to biotic and abiotic stresses.
Dr. Souza coordinates a biomass research network composed of researchers interested in studying the basic aspects of sugarcane biology, generating transgenic crops, and creating biotechnological tools for use in crop improvement programs.
Dr. Souza is a member of the Biology Committee of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. She is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Plant Genomics.