Rodrigo Costa
Assistant Professor

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My research addresses the diversity and function of microorganisms in natural and fabricated biomes - with emphasis on Eukaryote-Prokaryote symbioses studied with hi-end metagenomics approaches -, their implications to host/ecosystem health and climate regulation, and potential use as renewable sources of innovative biotechnological appliances
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Selected Publications
Silva, S.G., Blom, J., Keller-Costa, T., & Costa, R.* Comparative genomics reveals complex natural product biosynthesis capacities and carbon metabolism across host‐associated and free‐living Aquimarina (Bacteroidetes, Flavobacteriaceae) species. Environmental Microbiology (2019), link
Helfrich, E.J.N., Ueoka, R., Dolev, A., Rust, M., Meoded, R.A., Bhushan, A., Califano, G., Costa, R., Gugger, M., Steinbeck, C., Moreno, P., & Piel, J. Automated structure prediction of trans-acyltransferase polyketide synthase products. Nature Chemical Biology 15(8):813-821 (2019), link
Karimi, E., Keller-Costa, T., Slaby, B.M., Cox, C.J., da Rocha, U.N., Hentschel, U. & Costa, R.* Genomic blueprints of sponge-prokaryote symbiosis are shared by low abundant and cultivatable Alphaproteobacteria. Scientific Reports 9: 1999 (2019, link

Raimundo, I., Silva, S.G., Costa, R.*, & Keller-Costa, T. Bioactive secondary metabolites from octocoral-associated microbes – new chances for blue growth. Marine Drugs 16:485 (2018), link

Karimi, E., Beate, S., Soares, A., Jochen B., Henstchel, U., Costa, R.* Metagenomic binning reveals versatile nutrient cycling and distinct adaptive features in alphaproteobacterial symbionts of marine sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94(6): fiy074 (2018), link

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