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)

  • 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
  • Pinu, F. R., Granucci, N., Daniell, J., Han, T.-L., Carneiro, S., Rocha, I., ... Villas-Boas, S. G. (2018). Metabolite secretion in microorganisms: the theory of metabolic overflow put to the test. Metabolomics, 14 (4).10.1007/s11306-018-1339-7
  • 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 & technology, 51 (23), 13678-13688. 10.1021/acs.est.7b03345
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naresh Singhal
  • Pinu, F. R., Villas-Boas, S. G., & Aggio, R. (2017). Analysis of Intracellular Metabolites from Microorganisms: Quenching and Extraction Protocols. Metabolites, 7 (4).10.3390/metabo7040053
  • Pinu, F. R., & Villas-Boas, S. G. (2017). Extracellular Microbial Metabolomics: The State of the Art. Metabolites, 7 (3).10.3390/metabo7030043
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 3010
New Zealand

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