Associate Professor Silas Granato Villas-Boas

PhD (Microbial Biotechnology)

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Associate Professor

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)

  • Roager, H. M., Vogt, J. K., Kristensen, M., Hansen, L. B. S., Ibrügger S, Mærkedahl RB, ... Frøkiær H (2017). Whole grain-rich diet reduces body weight and systemic low-grade inflammation without inducing major changes of the gut microbiome: a randomised cross-over trial. Gut10.1136/gutjnl-2017-314786
  • Perez-Garcia, O., Mankelow, C., Chandran, K., Villas-Boas, S. G., & Singhal, N. (2017). Modulation of nitrous oxide (N2O) accumulation by primary metabolites in denitrifying cultures adapting to changes in environmental C and N. Environmental science & technology10.1021/acs.est.7b03345
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naresh Singhal
  • Sherman, E., Harbertson, J. F., Greenwood, D. R., Villas-Bôas SG, Fiehn, O., & Heymann, H. (2017). Reference samples guide variable selection for correlation of wine sensory and volatile profiling data. Food Chemistry10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.10.073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Greenwood
  • Pinu, F. R., & Villas-Boas, S. G. (2017). Rapid quantification of major volatile metabolites in fermented food and beverages using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Metabolites, 7 (3).10.3390/metabo7030037
  • Young, T., Kesarcodi-Watson, A., Alfaro, A. C., Merien, F., Nguyen, T. V., Mae, H., ... Villas-Bôas S (2017). Differential expression of novel metabolic and immunological biomarkers in oysters challenged with a virulent strain of OsHV-1. Developmental and comparative immunology, 73, 229-245. 10.1016/j.dci.2017.03.025
  • Sherman, E., Greenwood, D. R., Villas-Boâs SG, Heymann, H., & Harbertson, J. F. (2017). Impact of Grape Maturity and Ethanol Concentration on Sensory Properties of Washington State Merlot Wines. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 68 (3), 344-356. 10.5344/ajev.2017.16076
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Greenwood
  • Fokin, M., Fleetwood, D., Weir, B. S., & Villas-Boas, S. (2017). Genome Sequence of the Saprophytic Ascomycete Epicoccumnigrum Strain ICMP 19927, Isolated from New Zealand. Genome announcements, 5 (24).10.1128/genomea.00557-17
  • Hardie, R.-A., van Dam, E., Cowley, M., Han, T.-L., Balaban, S., Pajic, M., ... McKenna, J. (2017). Mitochondrial mutations and metabolic adaptation in pancreatic cancer. Cancer & metabolism, 510.1186/s40170-017-0164-1


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Primary location

Level 3, Room 3010
New Zealand

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