Rodrigo Costa
Assistant Professor

Research Activities
• Molecular Microbial Ecology and Evolution
• Environmental Microbiology
• Symbiosis and host-microbe interactions
• Metagenomics
• Microbial biogeography
• Functional and comparative genomics of microorganisms
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Selected Publications
Thomas, T.,  Moitinho-Silva, L., Lurgi, M., Björk, J.R., Easson, C., Astudillo-Garcia, C., Olson, J., Erwin, P., Lopez-Legentil, S., Luter, H., Chaves-Fonnegra, A., Costa, R., Schupp, P., Steindler, L., Erpenbeck, D., Gilbert, J., Knight, R., Ackerman, G., Lopez, J., Taylor, M., Thacker, R.W., Montoya, J., Hentschel, U., & Webster, N. Global Sponge Microbiome: Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of symbiont communities across the phylum Porifera. Nature Communications (2016). In Press.
Hardoim, C.C.P. & Costa, R. Temporal dynamics of prokaryotic communities in the marine sponge Sarcotragus spinosulus. Molecular Ecology 23(12): 3097–3112 (2014).
Keller-Costa, T., Jousset, A., van Overbeek, L., van Elsas, J.D., & Costa, R. The freshwater sponge Ephydatia fluviatilis harbours diverse Pseudomonas spp. with broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. PLoS ONE  9(2): e88429 (2014).
Esteves, A.I.S., Hardoim, C.C.P., Xavier, J.B.T., Gonçalves, J.M.S., & Costa, R. Molecular richness and biotechnological potential of bacteria cultured from Irciniidae sponges in the Northeast Atlantic. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 85: 519-536 (2013).
Van Elsas, J.D. Semenov, A.V., Costa, R., & Trevors, J.T. Survival of Escherichia coli in the environment - fundamental and public health aspects. The ISME Journal 5: 173–183 (2011).

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