He has been publishing important papers about microbial diversity since the mid-eighties and has been pioneer in the application of metagenomics to extreme and marine (mostly deep oceanic) environments. He has also extensive experience in Genomics, Bioinformatics and database development and maintenance. He has been the mastermind in the study of the genomes of Haloquadratum walsbyi, Salinibacter ruber and Alteromonas macleodii. Among his most relevant contributions are: Advances in the biodiversity and ecology of the deep Mediterranean by genomics and metagenomics. The saturated brines extreme environment, has become through their work a model system and one of the best known aquatic habitat on Earth, providing grounds for the refinement of the metagenomic approach to study genome fluidity in prokaryotes. He has extensive collaborations with Brazilian and other Latin American researchers and have advocated the preservation of the unique microbial biodiversity richness of Latin America by genetic archival methodologies to save it from the risks of degradation and climate change.
Biography Updated on 18 February 2010