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Aretuza Sousa

Curriculum Vitae

Name:Aretuza Sousa dos Santos
Present address:University of Munich (LMU), Systematic Botany and Mycology,
Menzinger Str. 67, 80638 Munich, Germany
Contact:Fon: +49 89 17861-228, Email: aretuza.sousa@campus.lmu.de, aretuzasousa@gmail.com


2015 Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Munich (LMU).
2014 Dr. rer. nat., University of Munich (LMU). Thesis: “Molecular cytogenetics and phylogenetic modeling to study chromosome evolution in the Araceae and sex chromosomes in the Cucurbitaceae” Adviser: Prof. Susanne S. Renner, Systematic Botany and Mycology, University of Munich (LMU), Germany.
2010 Master of Science in Biology (Major in genetics). Thesis: “Chromosome distribution of 5S and 45S rDNA sites in plant species with holokinetic chromosomes” Adviser: Prof. Dr. Marcelo Guerra, Laboratory of Plant Cytogenetics, Department of Botany, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Aug – Nov 2006 Biology teacher training at Dom Pedro Bandeira de Melo High School, Olinda
Jul 2004 – Oct 2005 Teaching at the Science Center in Olinda
2003 – 2006 Bachelor in Biology, Fundação de Ensino Superior de Olinda, Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil

Participation in scientific meetings, some with published abstracts

23 – 24 Sep 2014 Sousa A., Cusimano N., and Renner S.S. From “x” to phylogenies: Inference of chromosome number evolution in 2014. Poster at Plant Molecular Cytogenetics in Genomic and Postgenomic era, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.
Sousa A., Fuchs J., and Renner S.S. How Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae) got its huge Y chromosome. Poster at the same Katowice conference.
26 – 30 Jul 2014 Ickert-Bond S., Sousa A., Min Y., Leitch I.J., Pellicer J. The evolution of genome size in the gymnosperm genus Ephedra: Flow cytometry and new chromosome counts support high levels of polyploidy. Poster at the Botany conference - Boise, Idaho, USA.
23 – 25 Apr 2012 Sousa A., Cusimano N., and Renner S.S. Testing strong predictions about the direction of chromosome evolution in Typhonium. Poster at 11th Gatersleben Research Conference – Chromosome Biology, Genome Evolution and Speciation. Gatersleben, Germany.
Sousa A., Holstein N., and Renner S.S. Coccinia grandis, the plant with the largest known Y chromosome: Characterizing its male and female karyotypes by FISH. Poster at the same Gatersleben conference.
21 – 27 Feb 2011 BioSystematics, Berlin, Germany
30 Aug – 2 Sep 2009 Sousa A., Guerra M., and Barros e Silva A.E. Distribution of 5S and 45S rDNA sites in holokinetic chromosomes in species of the family Cyperaceae. 55th Brazilian Congress of Genetics, Águas de Lindoia, São Paulo. (Abstract)
2 – 8 Aug 2008 59th Brazilian Congress of Botany, Ponta Negra, Rio Grande do Norte


Piednoel M., Sousa A., and Renner S.S. (2015): Transposable elements in a clade of three tetraploids and a diploid relative, focusing on Gypsy amplification. Mobile DNA in press.

Sousa A., and Renner S.S. (2015): Interstitial telomere-like repeats in the monocot family Araceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177: 15-26.

Fleischmann A., Michael T.P., Rivadavia F., Sousa A., Wang W., Temsch E.M., Greilhuber J., Müller K.F., and Heubl G. (2014): Evolution of genome size and chromosome number in the carnivorous plant genus Genlisea (Lentibulariaceae), with a new estimate of the minimum genome size in angiosperms. Annals of Botany 114: 1651–1663.

Sousa A., Cusimano N., and Renner S.S. (2014): Combining FISH and model-based predictions to understand chromosome evolution in Typhonium (Araceae). Annals of Botany 113: 669–680.

Sousa A., Fuchs J., Renner S.S. (2013): Molecular cytogenetics (FISH, GISH) of Coccinia grandis, a c. 3 Ma-old species of Cucurbitaceae with the largest Y/autosome divergence in flowering plants. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 139: 107–118.

Chacón J., Sousa A., Baeza M., Renner S.S. (2012): Ribosomal DNA distribution and a genus-wide phylogeny reveal patterns of chromosomal evolution in Alstroemeria (Alstroemeriaceae). American Journal of Botany 99: 1501-1512.

Cusimano N., Sousa A., Renner S.S. (2012): Maximum likelihood inference implies a high, not a low, ancestral haploid chromosome number in the Araceae, with a critique of the bias introduced by “x”. Annals of Botany 109: 681-692.

Sousa A., Barros e Silva A.E., Cuadrado A., Loarce L., Alves M.V., Guerra M. (2011): Distribution of 5S and 45S rDNA sites in plants with holokinetic chromosomes and the “chromosome field” hypothesis. Micron 42:625 – 631.

Munich, 2015-02-02