Associate Professor Silas Granato Villas-Boas

PhD (Microbial Biotechnology)

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Honorary Academic

Research | Current

Industrial and Medical Microbiology

My group carries out research on microbial physiology with focus on metabolic mechanisms in living cells. Through a multi-disciplinary approach involving aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and engineering, we aim to develop new, cutting edge technologies used to gain insight into the mechanisms governing complex metabolic pathways relevant in industrial fermentation processes, human disease development and in food processes.

Our current research projects and activities are continuously updated at

Areas of expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Metabolomics
  • Biotechnology
  • Fermentation
  • Metabolism
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Mycology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Souza, R. T., McKenzie, E. J., Jones, B., de Seymour, J. V., Thomas, M. M., Zarate, E., ... Villas-Boas, S. (2019). Trace biomarkers associated with spontaneous preterm birth from the maternal serum metabolome of asymptomatic nulliparous women - parallel case-control studies from the SCOPE cohort. Scientific reports, 9 (1)10.1038/s41598-019-50252-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lesley McCowan, Elizabeth McKenzie, Beatrix Jones
  • Pinu, F. R., Villas-Boas, S. G., & Martin, D. (2019). Pre-fermentative supplementation of fatty acids alters the metabolic activity of wine yeasts. Food research international (Ottawa, Ont.), 121, 835-844. 10.1016/j.foodres.2019.01.005
  • Teixeira, L. D. L., Dörr F, Dias, C. T. S., Pinto, E., Lajolo, F. M., Villas-Bôas SG, & Hassimotto, N. M. A. (2019). Human urine metabolomic signature after ingestion of polyphenol-rich juice of purple grumixama (Eugenia brasiliensis Lam.). Food research international (Ottawa, Ont.), 120, 544-552. 10.1016/j.foodres.2018.11.004
  • Kang, K., Bergdahl, B., Machado, D., Dato, L., Han, T.-L., Li, J., ... Panagiotou, G. (2019). Linking genetic, metabolic, and phenotypic diversity among Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains using multi-omics associations. GigaScience, 8 (4).10.1093/gigascience/giz015
  • Pinu, F. R., Tumanov, S., Grose, C., Raw, V., Albright, A., Stuart, L., ... Greven, M. (2019). Juice Index: an integrated Sauvignon blanc grape and wine metabolomics database shows mainly seasonal differences. Metabolomics : Official journal of the Metabolomic Society, 15 (1)10.1007/s11306-018-1469-y
  • Han, T.-L., Cannon, R. D., Gallo, S. M., & Villas-Bôas SG (2019). A metabolomic study of the effect of Candida albicans glutamate dehydrogenase deletion on growth and morphogenesis. NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes, 510.1038/s41522-019-0086-5
  • Hansen, L. B. S., Roager, H. M., Søndertoft NB, Gøbel RJ, Kristensen, M., Vallès-Colomer M, ... Mærkedahl RB (2018). A low-gluten diet induces changes in the intestinal microbiome of healthy Danish adults. Nature communications, 9 (1)10.1038/s41467-018-07019-x
  • Sherman, E., Harbertson, J. F., Greenwood, D. R., Villas-Bôas SG, Fiehn, O., & Heymann, H. (2018). Reference samples guide variable selection for correlation of wine sensory and volatile profiling data. Food chemistry, 267, 344-354. 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.10.073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Greenwood


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Primary office location

Level 3, Room 3010
New Zealand

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