Rosana Ferreira

Rosana Ferreira
  • Assistant Professor


Rosana holds a B.Sc. (2000) and M.Sc. (2002) in Microbiology from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (USA, 2007). After obtaining her Ph.D., Rosana did her post-doc studies (2008-2012) at the University of British Columbia (Canada). She is currently an Associate Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and is transitioning with her research group to KU, starting in January 2023.


M.S. in Microbiology , Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Ph.D., University of Iowa


Rosana's research focuses on understanding how the skin microbiome protects humans and animals against skin infections and how different species interact in the microbiome. Specifically, her research group investigates both antagonistic and beneficial bacterial interactions to better understand how microbiome composition is established in different hosts and how it protects us against infections. Her main research interests are the skin microbiota, new bioactive molecules, virulence factors, single and mixed biofilms, and regulation of gene expression in bacteria.

Selected Publications

  1. Glatthardt T, Lima RD, de Mattos RM, Ferreira RBRMicrobe Interactions within the Skin MicrobiomeAntibiotics (Basel). 2024 Jan 4; 13(1):49.  PMID: 38247608; PMCID: PMC10812674.

  2. Rocha, G.A. and Ferreira, R.B. 2022. Antimicrobial polysaccharides obtained from natural sources.Future Microbiol. 17:701-716.

  3. Teixeira, R.D.; Reis, G.A.; Reviello, J.S.; Glatthardt, T.; Coimbra, L.S.; Lima, C.O.; Antunes, L.C.M.; Ferreira, R.B. 2021. Antibiofilm activity of Cutibacterium acnes cell-free conditioned media against Staphylococcus spp.Braz. J. Microbiol. 52(4):2373-2383.

  4. Campos, J.C.; Antunes, L.C.M. and Ferreira, R.B. 2020. Global priority pathogens: virulence, antimicrobial resistance and prospective treatment options. Fut. Microbiol. 15:649-677.

  5. Glatthardt, T.; Campos, J.C.; Chamon, R.C.; de Sá Coimbra, T.F.; Rocha, G.A.; de Melo, M.A.; Parente, T.E.; Lobo, L.A.; Antunes, L.C.M.; dos Santos, K.R. and Ferreira, R.B. 2020. Small molecules produced by commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis disrupt formation of biofilms by Staphylococcus aureus. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 86(5):e02539-19.

Editors’ choice for the Spotlight section of the issue.

Comment in Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 86(13):e00627-20.