Dra. Katia Regina Dos Santos Teixeira

(1966-2015)




Katia was a biologist from the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (1987), a specialist in the principles of modern biotechnology (UFRGS, 1988), with an M.Sc. in biochemistry from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (1991), and doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (1997). Among other activities, she had short training periods at the University of Arizona (1993 and 1995), at the University of Hannover (2000), and at the University of Georgia (2003). Katia was a researcher at EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária) since 1994.

Her area of expertise included genetics, physiology, and biochemistry of microorganisms, with emphasis in biological nitrogen fixation in gramineous plants, plant-bacteria interaction, genetic diversity in environmental samples, and endophytic nitrogen-fixing bacteria (mainly Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus).

She participated as a member or coordinator in national and international projects. Since 2005, she was involved in coordinating international cooperation projects with Latin- and Iberic-American countries, supported by national and international grants (CBAB, CNPq, CYTED). Katia participated in different scientific activities, presenting results of her research in conjunction with national and international researchers, as well as publishing papers and book chapters and obtaining a patent. She also had experience in developing personnel in investigating and organizing different national and international courses. She was a member of the Intern Technical Committee (2003–2010) and president of CIBio at EMBRAPA Agrobiologia (2007-2014).

Raul O. Pedraza
National University of Tucuman,
Argentina