My interests focus on the sustainable exploration and conservation of the rich biodiversity present in Portuguese coastal areas. To achieve that, I aim to work on the optimization of the discovery and biosynthesis of marine natural products. These compounds, often showing interesting therapeutic activities, are thought to be produced by the symbionts of sessile organisms like marine sponges and soft corals. In my PhD project, I intend to combine diverse techniques and fields like molecular microbial ecology and analytical chemistry, among several others, to explore and exploit the secondary metabolism of marine sponge bacterial isolates.
- Silva, S.G., Lago-Lestón, A., Costa, R. and Keller-Costa, T. Draft genome sequence of Sphingorhabdus strain EL138, a metabolically-versatile alphaproteobacterium isolated from the gorgonian coral Eunicella labiata. Genome Announcements 6(9): e00142-18. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00142-18 (2018).