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Microbial Ecology and Genomics Lab (MEGL)

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Dra. Filipa GodoyVitorino

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Faculty of Science and Technology -Department of Natural Sciences 4th Floor -John Will Harris Building
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metropolitan Campus PO Box 191293 San Juan, PR 00919

Labs : 432/431
Lab phone: (787) 250-1912, EXT 2231


Postdoctoral Fellow, US-DOE JGI, 2009-2012
Ph.D. in Biology UPR-RP 2009 Erasmus Fellow,
Univ Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Spain, 2002
Licentiate Degree in Biology, Univ O’Porto, Portugal 2002

Associate Professor and Researcher/ Microbial Ecology, Metagenomics, Microbiome

Courses that I teach:
Microbial Ecology (MICR4010)
Lectures 26552 and Bioinformatics Lab 26553

BIOL 4912 - Practicum in Biology
BIOL 4953 - Research Methods
Cont Ed. "Advanced Bioinformatics for Microbiology" (10h)

MOMI 5300 - Microbial Ecology (Master in Molecular Microbiology)

MOMI 6989 –Research Project (Master degree in Molec. Microbiology)
MOMI 6410 – Phylogenetics (Master degree in Molec. Microbiology)

PI: Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Ph.D.

Research Summary

Research in my lab has been focused on microbial community structure and function in vertebrate animals, humans and more recently in forest ecosystems. We integrate DNA sequence data with microbiology, ecology, physiology, metagenomics and bioinformatics to address broad questions on host-microbe interactions.

I have made contributions to the field of animal microbiomes, studying the hoatzin, a South American folivorous bird that has a GI tract similar to those of ruminants. As a Research Professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (since fall 2012), I am developing different microbiome projects in natural environments in Puerto Rico and in Europe. Current areas of research include: 1) understanding the correlation between HPV and the cervicovaginal microbiome in Puerto Ricans through omics technologies; 2) Characterization of the rhizosphere microbiome of Tabebuia heterophylla, a tree native to the West Indies, in order to understand how the microbes may contribute to the plasticity of the tree and enable its growth in poor nutrient, heavy-metal rich and disturbed soils; 2) Mining for lignocellulose carbohydrate-active enzymes in mangrove ecosystems and herbivore GIT systems.

I also collaborate with other microbiome-related projects including oral cancer (John Hopkins), Cetaceans as health sentinels (Univ. Minho), and Planctomycetes in marine algae (Univ. O’Porto).