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Raquel Peixoto

Associate Professor, Marine Science

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Red Sea Research Center


Affiliations

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D. Microbiolgy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005
  • M.S. Biotechnology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1998

Research Interests

​Prof. Peixoto's research has outlined the protocols and proved the concept that the manipulation of coral-associated microorganisms, using Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs), is possible and can increase the host's resilience and resistance against environmental threats. This pioneering work has contributed to pave the way for new approaches to reveal and explore mechanisms of marine microbiology and symbiotic interactions. As a Beneficial Microbes for Marine Organisms network (BMMO) founder and chair, her goal is to keep promoting a powerful international platform where basic knowledge can be strengthened and transformed into products to be used for marine ecosystems and sustainable development.

Selected Publications

  1. Marine Probiotics: Increasing coral resilience to bleaching through microbiome manipulation. Magalhães-Rosado, P.; Leite, D.; Duarte, G.A.; Jospin, G.; Eisen, J.; Chaloub, R.M., Bourne, D., Peixoto, R.S. The ISME Journal doi: 10.1038/s41396-018-0323-6. 2019. 
  2. Host-associated microbiomes and their roles in marine ecosystem functions. Laetitia G.E. Wilkins, L.; Leray, M.; Yuen B.; Peixoto, R.S.; Pereira, T.; Bik, H.; Coil, D.; Lucey, N.; Mejia, L.; O'Dea, A.; Rasher, D.; Sharp, K.; Sogin, E.; Thacker, R.; Vega-Thurber, R.; Wcislo, W.; Wilbanks.; Eisen, J., Plos Biology, 2019.
  3. Beneficial Microorganisms for corals (BMC): proposed mechanisms for coral health and resilience. Peixoto, R.S.; Rosado, P.M.; Leite, D.C.A.; Rosado, A.S.; Bourne, D.G. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:341. doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00341., 2017. Frontiers in Microbiology.
  4. Oil spills impact on coral reefs can be reduced by bioremediation using coral probiotic microbiota. Santos, H. F., Duarte, G.; Rachid, C.; Chaloub, R.; Calderon, E.; Bianchini, A.; Marangoni, L.; Nudi, A.; Carmo, F. L.; van Elsas, J. D.; Rosado, A. S.; Castro, C. B.; Peixoto, R. S. Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 18268, 2015.
  5. Climate Change Affects Key Nitrogen Fixing Bacterial Populations on Coral Reefs. Santos, H. F.; Carmo, F. L.; Duarte, G; Dini Andreote, F.; Castro, C; Rosado, A. S.; Elsas, J. D. V.; Peixoto, R. S. The ISME Journal, 8: 2272-2279, 2014.