Dr. Glaucia Mendes Souza is a Full Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo and coordinates the FAPESP Bioenergy Research Program BIOEN.
She works on bioenergy sustainability and 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 (SBE). At the International Energy Agency Bioenergy TCP she is the co-Leader of the Biofuels to Decarbonize Transport Task Force. She is a member of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo Bioeconomy Committee. She is an Eisenhower Fellow. Her work has been selected among the 100 international best practices on the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations; the 5th Global Entreps Awards. She has won several awards including the Invention Award for licensed patents in 2019 and 2020.
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. Her lab focuses on sugarcane biotechnology and bioinformatics. She is currently developing a genomics platform for plant improvement to select future-climate resilient plants and working on a systems biology approach to identify metabolites that might be of interest for bio-based chemicals applications and yield improvement.