Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, at the Department of Microbiology and Medical Zoology. Filipa is a native of Portugal, and has developed her career studying biodiversity associated with animal microbiomes, but also with plants and more recently, the human microbiome. 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 worked for 6 years as a Research Professor of the Metropolitan Campus of the Interamerican University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she founded her first Microbial Ecology laboratory. Her laboratory at the UPR currently characterizes microbiomes using various Omic techniques to understand the co-evolution, transmission and functions of microbial-host symbioses in a wide variety of phenotypes and systems.
Filipa has received several awards as an early career researcher including from the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the National Institutes of Health; she is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals and participates in review panels of several research funds globally. Filipa is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Library of Medicine of the NIH and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). 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.