New MB faculty member
Dr. Antunes majored in Microbiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also obtained his M.Sc. degree, working on quorum sensing in anaerobic bacteria. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, where he investigated mechanisms of quorum sensing control of gene expression in the marine luminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri, under the supervision of E. Peter Greenberg. Later, he pursued his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Brett Finlay, at the University of British Columbia, where he worked on the role of small molecules during host-microbe interactions using metabolomics. Dr. Antunes then started his independent career at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a government research institution in Brazil, where he led his research group for over 10 years. His main interest is the role of small molecules in host-microbe interactions, with an emphasis on the impact of microbiome-derived small molecules on bacterial pathogens. Welcome Caetano!