Inês Goncalves Raimundo

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​​With a strong background in biology, marine ecology, microbiology, and biotechnology, Ines is particularly interested in marine bacterial communities, their ecological and functional role in marine environments, and their biotechnological potential. She is currently doing her Ph.D. and it will involve the study of the diversity and ecology of marine ultramicrobacteria across distant and different marine environments with the aim to explore and unveil more about these intriguing tiny organisms, their morphology, ecology, and potential biotechnological applications.

Selected Publications

Bioactive Secondary Metabolites from Octocoral-Associated Microbes—New Chances for Blue Growth
Raimundo, I.; Silva, S. G.; Costa, R.; Keller-Costa, T.
Mar. Drugs, 16, 485, (2018)


  • M.Sc., Biotechnology, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal, 2018
  • B.Sc., Biology – Environmental Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University, Lisbon Portugal, 2016​

Professional Profile

  • ​2019 - Present: PhD student, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA
  • 2015 – 2019: Dive Master Assistant, Lisbon Diving School (EML), Portugal.
  • 2017 – 2018: PhD student in the Marine Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology group, supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through the research grants EXPL/MAR-EST/1664/2013 and PTDC/MAR-BIO/1547/2014.), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2018: Lab Technician, SGS Molecular, TecLabs, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • ​October 2018 – February 2019: Research Fellow, Microbial Ecology and Marine Metagenomics group, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.


  • ​Certificate of Academic Achievement, 1st year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement, 1st and 2nd year of the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Centre (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine Metagenomics Marine Microbial Ecology Microbial Cultivation Functional and comparative genomics Blue Biotechnology