Amanda De Souza| | University of Illinois
Amanda De Souza is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. She studies photosynthesis, growth, and carbohydrate metabolism in C3 and C4 plants. For the RIPE project, she is studying photosynthesis and growth in African cultivars of cassava. She is leading the team's effort to transform cassava, which is the process of adding beneficial genes to increase yield.
De Souza earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the Methodist University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and master’s degree in plant physiology and biochemistry from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. Her doctorate in plant physiology and biochemistry is from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her work has been published in several notable journals, including Plant Physiology, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, and the Journal Experimental Botany. She has filed one patent. In addition, she is an assistant book editor and has served as a contributing author on a report from the International Panel of Climate Change. Previously, she was a project manager of the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioethanol.