Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Leda Cristina Mendonca-Hagler obtained her B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Sergipe and the Ph. D. in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, (UFRJ). She did her postdoctoral training on Yeast Biology at the University of California, Davis, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Herman Phaff, and on Molecular Microbial Ecology, at the Institute for Soil Fertility, (NL), with Prof. Jan D. van Elsas. Professor L. Mendonca-Hagler served on the faculty of the UFRJ for over four decades, where she was Head of the General Microbiology Department, Chair of the Microbiology Graduate Program, Dean for Health Sciences Graduate Programs and co-founder of the Plant Biotechnology and Ecology Graduate Programs. She supervised 44 graduate students and published over 120 scientific papers and book chapters on yeast taxonomy, microbial ecology, biotechnology and biosafety. Her research group investigated the microbial diversity associated with tropical environments and the relationships between microbial community structures and ecosystem functions, applying multidisciplinary approaches. She was a Guest Researcher at Georgia State University (US), working on yeast taxonomy with Dr. S. Meyer and developed cooperation projects on environmental microbiology with Prof A. Martini (IT) and Prof. K. Smalla (DE). She organized several scientific meetings, has been member of advisory committees and a consultant for several companies. Prof. Mendonca-Hagler received the award “Honor of the Scientific Merit” and the title of “Comendador” from the Brazilian Government. The genus Hagleromyces and 3 yeast species were named in honor of A. Hagler and L. Mendonça-Hagler, in recognition of their contribution to yeast research. She was the Chair of the Int. Committee on Yeasts/IUMS, and currently is ICY Honorary member. She is Scientific Director of the Brazilian Biosafety Association and Ambassador at the International Society for Microbial Ecology.