Thalita Peixoto Basso
Thalita Peixoto Basso received her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Engineering from Londrina State University (PR-Brazil). During this period, she studied the fermentation characteristics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolated from ethanol industrial processes. She obtained her Master’s degree in Science from the Agrifood Industry, Food and Nutrition Department of the University of Sao Paulo (ESALQ/USP, SP-Brazil). During this time, she isolated and selected fungi with high cellulose activity for the enzymatic hydrolysis of sugarcane bagasse. She received her Ph.D. in Science from the Soil Science Department (Agricultural Microbiology Program) at ESALQ/USP, with a period of one year as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley and Energy Bioscience Institute. Meanwhile, she worked on the improvement of S. cerevisiae by hybridization for increased tolerance toward inhibitors from second-generation ethanol substrates. Currently, she is Collaborating Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at University of Sao Paulo. Additionally she is Postdoctoral Fellow working with metabolomics and proteomics of fermentation processes at the Genetics Department from ESALQ/USP.