Dr. Glaucia Mendes Souza is a Full Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo. Her lab focuses on sugarcane biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics.
Dr. Souza started her career as a molecular biologist. Her PhD degree versed on the cellular decision to transition from growth to development. She did two postdoctoral trainings in molecular genetics in the US at the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation and Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently developing a genomics platform for plant improvement to select future-climate resilient plants and working on a systems biology approach in sugarcane to identify metabolites that might be of interest for bio-based chemicals applications and yield improvement.
She also works on sustainability assessments of bioenergy production and use. She participates in several international initiatives to disseminate knowledge and advise policy including the International Energy Agency, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the Biofuture Platform. She is a Board member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) and the Brazilian Society of Bioenergy. She coordinates the Brazilian representation at the International Energy Agency Task Force on Bioenergy (Tasks 39 and 45) under the coordination of Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil). She is a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Energy group. She is a member of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP-CONIC) Bioeconomy Committee. She is an Eisenhower Fellow.