Dr. Phillipe Magalhães holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and a master's and a doctorate in molecular biology and microbial ecology of marine environments. For the last 7 years, he has been working on the development and manipulation of coral probiotics (BMC-Beneficial microorganisms for coral) in order to promote increased resilience of corals against thermal and oxidative stress. His research seeks to find answers and understand, through bioinformatics analysis, the role that microorganisms can play in coral health, as well as in the interactions between the microbiome and its coral host, through a collaborative effort established by Prof. Peixoto's and Prof. Benzoni’s labs. Dr. Magalhães has also explored the use and manipulation of chemical compounds extracted from the coral microbiota with the purpose of being used together with BMC probiotics.
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