I attended the University of Porto Portugal and then worked for two years in cell biology research at the Institute of Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP) before joining the graduate program in Forensic and Population Genetics at the University of Santiago de Compostela Galicia Spain in January 2001. My dissertation project focused on using uniparental markers (Y-chromosome and mtDNA) in European and African populations to address forensic population genetics and evolutionary questions. After receiving my Ph.D. in mid-2005 I accepted a post-doctoral position at IPATIMUP and 2.5 years later I moved as Research Associate to the Department of Genetics Stanford University California USA. During this time I focused on recently African/European admixed populations and analysed genome-wide data to study the genetic architecture and evolution of morphologic and biomedical traits. In November 2013 I joined the Department of Genetics of the University of Leicester to establish my own laboratory in Human and Microbial Population Genetics and evolution.
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Korunes KL, Soares-Souza GB, Bobrek K, Tang H, Araújo II, Goldberg A, Beleza S (2021) Sex-biased admixture and assortative mating shape genetic variation and influence demographic inference in admixed Cabo Verdeans.
bioRxiv 2020.12.14.422766; doi: 10.1101/2020.12.14.422766
Ebel ER, Reis F, Petrov DA, Beleza S (2021) Historical trends and new surveillance of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance markers in Angola. Malar J. 20: 175. doi: 10.1186/s12936-021-03713-2.
Hamid I, Korunes KL, Beleza S, Goldberg A (2021) Rapid adaptation to malaria facilitated by admixture in the human population of Cabo Verde. Elife 10: e63177. doi: 10.7554/eLife.63177.
Wysocka M, Monteiro T, de Pina C, Gonçalves D, de Pina S, Ludgero-Correia A, Moreno J, Zamudio R, Almebairik N, Gray LJ, Pareek M, Jenkins DR, Aires-de-Sousa M, De Lencastre H, Beleza S, Araujo II, Conceiçāo T, Oggioni MR (2021) Whole-genome analysis uncovers loss of blaZ associated with carriage isolates belonging to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clone ST5-VI in Cape Verde. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 26:77-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2021.04.018.
Micheletti SJ, Bryc K, Ancona Esselmann SG, Freyman WA, Moreno ME, Poznik GD, Shastri AJ; 23andMe Research Team, Beleza S, Mountain JL (2020) Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Americas. Am J Hum Genet. 107: 265-277. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.06.012
Lloyd-Jones LR, Robinson MR, Moser G, Zeng J, Beleza S, Barsh GS, Tang H, Visscher PM (2017) Inference on the Genetic Basis of Eye and Skin Color in an Admixed Population via Bayesian Linear Mixed Models. Genetics 206: 1113-1126. doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.193383.
Beleza S, Johnson NA, Candille SI, Absher DM, Coram MA, Lopes J, Campos J, Araújo II, Anderson TM, Vilhjálmsson BJ, Nordborg M, Correia E Silva A, Shriver MD, Rocha J, Barsh GS, Tang H (2013) Genetic architecture of skin and eye color in an African-European admixed population. PLoS Genet 9: e1003372. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003372.
Beleza S, Campos J, Lopes J, Araújo II, Hoppfer Almada A, Correia e Silva A, Parra EJ, Rocha J (2012) The admixture structure and genetic variation of the archipelago of Cape Verde and its implications for admixture mapping studies. PLoS One 7: e51103. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051103.
Reiner AP, Beleza S, Franceschini N, Auer PL, Robinson JG, Kooperberg C, Peters U, Tang H (2012) Genome-wide association and population genetic analysis of C-reactive protein in African American and Hispanic American women. Am J Hum Genet 91: 502-512. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.07.023.
Miller CT, Beleza S, Pollen AA, Schluter D, Kittles RA, Shriver MD, Kingsley DM (2007) cis-Regulatory changes in Kit ligand expression and parallel evolution of pigmentation in sticklebacks and humans. Cell. 2007 Dec 14;131(6):1179-1189. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2007.10.055.
Beleza S, Gusmão L, Amorim A, Carracedo A, Salas A (2005) The genetic legacy of western Bantu migrations. Hum Genet 11: 366-375. doi: 10.1007/s00439-005-1290-3.
I teach and co-convene undergraduate modules in Medical and Biological sciences that focus on Introductory Genetics and current ethics issues in Medical Genetics.
My teaching interests span the fields of human medical and evolutionary genetics.
Genetics of African populations and of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; Estimating and tracing the genetic ancestry of the individuals; Genetic basis and evolution of common disease and of skin and eye colour; Studying human-microbe coevolution in health and disease; Studying the evolution of antimicrobial drug resistance in human-associated microbes