Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Dept. Microbiology and Medical Zoology School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR.


Filipa is a tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, and the Chair of the Department of Microbiology. Filipa is a native of Portugal and has developed her career studying biodiversity associated with animal and human microbiomes, investigating an eclectic collection of topics, including evolution, community dynamics, biofilm succession and dysbiosis in different systems. She pioneered the use of metagenomics and bioinformatic integration analyses in Puerto Rico in human microbiome and tropical ecosystems.

Her laboratory investigates microbiomes in a variety of contexts using various Omic techniques to understand the co-evolution, transmission, and functions of microbial-host symbioses. Her group ’s mission is to translate microbial ecology to improve human health and conservation, while empowering education in the microbial sciences.

Filipa holds a BS in Biology from the University of Porto (Portugal) with an ERASMUS-funded research thesis in applied phycology at the ULPGC Spain and a  Ph.D. in Biology from the UPR Rio Píedras (Puerto Rico) focused on the gut microbial ecology. She completed a three-year postdoc done at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (California), funded by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is an editorial board member of Microbes and Infection, ISME communications, Frontiers in Microbiology and Frontiers in Microbiomes. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Microbiology (UK), Ambassador for the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) and past President of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Caribbean Division.

Follow her lab on Instagram @thegodoylab

(Updated Oct 18, 2023)