Susana S. Neves, PhD


Name:  Susana Maria Sousa Silva Neves

Citizenship:  Portuguese


ITQB NOVA Plant Cell Biotechnology Laboratory

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. da República, 2780-157 Oeiras – PORTUGAL


Plant systematics.  Evolution.  Molecular phylogeny.  DNA sequences.  Plant morphology.  Herbarium.  Fieldwork.

Bupleurum,  Apiaceae;  Eleusine,  Chloridoideae,  Poaceae;  Lathyrus,  Fabaceae;  Menispermaceae.


Academic qualifications


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


Licentiate in Biology, Scientific Research, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.


Licentiate in Biology, Educational, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Professional experience

2017-present School Teacher, Agrupamento de Escolas de Ourém, Freixianda and Ourém, Portugal.
2017-present Botanist, project "Red List of the Vascular Flora of Continental Portugal", Sociedade Portuguesa de Botânica, Portugal.
2016-2017 Biology teacher (part-time), Academia do Parque - Centro de Estudos e Actividades, Oeiras, Portugal.
Oct. 2013-present Invited Researcher, Plant Cell Biotechnology Lab, ITQB NOVA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras.
Sep. 2007-Sep. 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, ITQB, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras.
Aug. 2006-Aug. 2007 Research Associate (postdoctoral position), Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

Oct. 2002-Jul. 2006

Postdoctoral Fellow, ITQB, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras.

Mar.-Sep. 2002

Postdoctoral Fellow, IBET - Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Oeiras.

Jan. 2001-Jan. 2002

Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA.

1996-1998, 2000

Demonstrator (teaching assistant - part-time), ICMB - Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK.


PhD student, ICMB, University of Edinburgh, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.


Invited Assistant (teaching assistant - part-time), Departamento de Biologia, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.


Monitor (teaching assistant), Departamento de Botânica, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

1988-1992 Secondary School Teacher, Escola Secundária de Ourém, Portugal.


Secondary School Teacher (in training), Escola Secundária D. Duarte, Coimbra.

Scientific expertise

Research projects and collaborations

Bupleurum ranunculoides               Bupleurum fruticosum - flowers
  Bupleurum ranunculoides L.                                                       Bupleurum fruticosum L.

Eleusine coracana subsp. coracana               Eleusine indica
        Finger millet or ragi                                    Goosegrass or wiregrass   
   Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.                         Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.   


Sinomenium acutum (Thunb.) Rehder & E.H. Wilson                               Strychnopsis thouarsii Baill.          

                                                                                                 - sectioned fruit (endocarp and seed) -


Research grants



Neves S.S. Bupleurum. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. Flora of North America North of Mexico, Vol. 13. Oxford University Press, New York (accepted).

da Silva S.M., Amaral C., Neves S.S., Santos C., Pimentel C., Rodrigues-Pousada C. (2015) An HcpR paralog of Desulfovibrio gigas provides protection against nitrosative stress. FEBS Open Bio 5: 594-604.   [Full text - Open Access]

Wefferling K.M., Hoot S.B., Neves S.S. (2013) Phylogeny and fruit evolution in Menispermaceae. American Journal of Botany 100: 883-905.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S.S., Forrest L.L. (2011) Plant DNA sequencing for phylogenetic analyses: from plants to sequences. In: G. Cagney, A. Emili, eds. Network Biology: Methods and Applications. Methods in Molecular Biology 781: 183-235. Humana Press - Springer, New York.   [Abstract and full text links]   [Springer protocol]

Neves S.S. (2011) Eleusine. In: C. Kole, ed. Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, Millets and Grasses. pp. 113-133. Springer, Berlin and Heidelberg.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S.S., Weakley A.S., Cox P.B. (2009) Bupleurum gerardii All. (Apiaceae), an addition to the North American flora, with comments on the treatment of aliens in floras. Castanea 74: 424-433.   [Abstract and full text links]

Hoot S.B., Zautke H., Harris D.J., Crane. P.R., Neves S.S. (2009) Phylogenetic patterns in Menispermaceae based on multiple chloroplast sequence data. Systematic Botany 34: 44-56.   [Abstract and full text links]

Matter A.M., Hoot S.B., Anderson P.D., Neves S.S., Cheng Y.-Q. (2009) Valinomycin biosynthetic gene cluster in Streptomyces: conservation, ecology and evolution. PLoS ONE 4(9): e7194.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S.S., Reduron J.P. (2006) List of contributors (Bupleurum typification). In: C.E. Jarvis, J.P. Reduron, M.A. Spencer and S. Cafferty, eds. Typification of Linnaean plant names in Apiaceae. Taxon 55: 207-216.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S.S., Swire-Clark G., Hilu K.W., Baird W.V. (2005) Phylogeny of Eleusine (Poaceae: Chloridoideae) based on nuclear ITS and plastid trnT-trnF sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35: 395-419.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S.S., Watson M.F. (2004) Phylogenetic relationships in Bupleurum (Apiaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA ITS sequence data. Annals of Botany 93: 379-398.   [Abstract and full text links]

Neves S. (2003) Bupleurum L. (Umbelliferae-Apioideae). In: G. Nieto Feliner, S.L. Jury, A. Herrero, eds. Flora iberica, Vol. 10: 240-265. Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid.   [Bupleurum in Flora iberica - pdf file]     [Flora iberica web site]

Neves S.S. (2003) Typification of some taxa of Bupleurum L. (Umbelliferae). Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 60: 457-458.  [pdf file]

Neves S. (2002) Bupleurum L. (Apiaceae). In: B. Valdés, M. Rejdali, A. Achhal El Kadmiri, S.L. Jury, J.M. Montserrat, eds. Checklist of Vascular Plants of N Morocco with Identification Keys, Vol. 1: 452-454. CSIC, Madrid.

Neves S.S. (2000) Taxonomy and Evolution in Bupleurum L. (Umbelliferae) in the W Mediterranean and Macaronesia. PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, UK.


Presentations in international conferences  /  Published abstracts


Oral communications

Neves S.S.* (2013) Bupleurum (Apiaceae) in the Mediterranean: species boundaries and underestimated diversity. XIV OPTIMA Meeting. Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area - 14 September, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.  

Neves S.S.* (2009) Morphology, chromosome numbers and molecular evidence: problems in species circumscription in Bupleurum (Apiaceae). Botany and Mycology 2009. Botanical Society of America - 29 July, Snowbird, Utah, USA.   [Abstract]

Neves S.S.*, Fevereiro P.S., Watson M.F. (2008) The perennials of the genus Bupleurum (Apiaceae) in Eurasia: progress in the understanding of the complex ‘Falcatum’ group. Apiales 2008 - 6th International Symposium on Apiales - 27 June, Moscow, Russia.

Hoot S.B.*, Wulff J.A., Neves S.S. (2008) Phylogeny of Ranunculales based on multiple sequence data and morphology. Botany 2008. Botanical Society of America and Canadian Botanical Association - 29 July, Vancouver, Canada.   [Abstract]

Neves S.S.*, Hoot S.B. (2007) Systematics and evolution of Menispermaceae based on plastid DNA sequences. Plant Biology and Botany 2007. Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Biology - 11 July, Chicago, USA.   [Abstract]

Neves S.S.*, Watson M.F. (2005) Systematics and evolution in Bupleurum: current knowledge and research challenges. Apiales V Symposium - 25 July, Vienna, Austria.

Neves S.S.*, Swire-Clark G., Hilu K.W., Baird W.V. (2004) Phylogeny of Eleusine (Poaceae: Chloridoideae) based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequence analyses. Botany 2004. Botanical Society of America - 4 August, Snowbird, Utah, USA.   [Abstract]

Neves S.S., Alice L.A.*, Hilu K.W. (2002) The root of the Chloridoideae (Poaceae) revisited: a preliminary assessment based on trnT-trnF and matK sequences. Botany 2002. Botanical Society of America - 5 August, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Neves S.S.*, Watson M.F. (2001) Phylogeny of Bupleurum (Apiaceae) based on ITS sequence data. Botany 2001: Plants and People. Botanical Society of America - 13 August, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.   [Abstract]

(*) Presenting author


Silva S.M., Amaral C., Pimentel C., Neves S.S., Rodrigues-Pousada C. (2014) Desulfovibrio gigas HcpR is required for growth under nitrosative stress conditions. FEBS EMBO 2014. 30 August - 4 September, Paris, France.

Fernández-Aparício M., Moral A., Vaz Patto M.C., Neves S., Rubiales D. (2006) Recolección de germoplasma de Lathyrus silvestres en la Península Ibérica. 2as Jornadas de la Asociación Española de Leguminosas - 25-27 April, Cuenca, Spain.

Neves S.S., Kenicer G.J., Fevereiro P., Vaz Patto M.C. (2005) Phylogeny and systematics of the genus Lathyrus L. (Fabaceae): evidence from nuclear ITS sequences. XVII International Botanical Congress - 17-23 July, Vienna, Austria.

Baird W.V., Swire-Clark G., Neves S.S., St. John A., Patel P., Yarrow L., Hilu K.W. (2001) Evolution in Eleusine with emphasis on polyploid species using ITS and trnT-F sequence information. Botany 2001: Plants and People. Botanical Society of America - 12-16 August, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.



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