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.


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Dr. Godoy is a native of Portugal, and has developed her career studying biodiversity associated with animal and human microbiomes using and developing metagenomics techniques. Her research is at the frontier of Microbial Ecology with Physiology, Metagenomics and Bioinformatics. After her NSF-funded postdoc studying with metagenomics an herbivorous bird -Hoatzin- at the DOE-JGI, she founded her first Microbial Ecology laboratory in Puerto Rico in 2012. In 2018 she joined the UPR School of Medicine and established the Microbiome Lab where she uses multi-omics approaches to study evolutionary dynamics of human infectious diseases and microbiomes. Her laboratory is dedicated to the study of host-microbial symbioses in diverse systems, especially characterizing microbiomes to understand the co-evolution, transmission and functions of microbial-host symbioses in a wide variety of phenotypes and biological systems. In her commitment to educate about the microbiome, she is also a collaborator of the “Microbiota Vault” effort – an ambitious and humanitarian project that seeks to conserve microbial communities around the world for the benefit of future generations. Among several active research projects, she is a researcher at the The University of Puerto Rico/University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Grant (2U54CA096297-16). In addition, she is one of the multiple PIs of a study of the associations of oral microbiota with oral HPV infection among Hispanic adults (1R21DE027226-01A1) and of a U54 grant focused on the prevention of HPV-related cancers in HIV+ populations in Latin America and the Caribbean (1U54CA242646-01).