Dr Jayme Souza-Neto

Title: Lecturer in Vector-Pathogen Interactions
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 733671
Email: j.souza-neto@keele.ac.uk
Location: Huxley Building: 304
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Jayme Souza-Neto

My career in vector-borne diseases has started during my undergraduate years as a mosquito physiologist at Northern Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil) where I graduated with a BSc in Biology in 2002. I further obtained my PhD degree in Genetics from São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Botucatu (Brazil) in 2006 and stayed there until late 2007 as a Junior Postdoctoral Fellow working on the physiology of sugar digestion in neo-tropical anophelines. In 2008 I started my postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA) where I received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and the prestigious Gorgas Memorial Institute Research Award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Upon my return to Brazil, I worked as a Visiting Professor at Fiocruz in Rio de Janeiro and moved back to Botucatu in late 2013 as a Researcher after receiving a competitive Young Investigator Award from FAPESP. I currently head the Vectomics Lab (Vector Functional Genomics & Microbiology Laboratory) at the Botucatu Institute of Biotechnology (IBTEC) and hold a joint Lecturer position at Keele University since January 2015.

I am a regular member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) since 2008 and have been nominated a Young Leader by FAPESP to attend the Science and Technology for Society forum in Kyoto in 2014.

I am interested in understanding the interplay between mosquitoes’ immune system and resident microbiota, and how this affects vector susceptibility to human pathogens such as dengue virus and Plasmodium. We use whole-genome high-throughput gene expression analysis, reverse genetics and vector-pathogen infection models to identify mosquito’s transcripts relevant to the establishment of infection and/or pathogen development within the vector. We are also interested in assessing the natural and pathogen-responsive microbiomes of these insects in order to determine the influence of bacterial diversity on pathogen transmission by natural mosquito populations. Our long-term goal is to translate this information into innovative strategies and technologies to control diseases that threaten human lives.

My group is currently involved in two major Brazil-UK cooperative research consortiums funded by FAPESP and CNPq to work in partnership with Keele University and Imperial College London.

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  • LSC-10032 Genetics and Evolution

Highly motivated, talented individuals with interest on vector-pathogen interactions and willing to work in projects involving Brazil and UK are encouraged to discuss their eligibility to one of the funding options below. Self-funded applicants at both PhD and Postdoctoral levels are considered all over the year.