Genome Evolution and Ecology -
Filipa Sousa

Room: 1.110
Althanstraße 14 (UZA I)
1090 Vienna, Austria

Research Focus

We are interested in several aspects of microbial evolution, in particular in the diversity of biological systems with focus on energy and carbon microbial metabolic strategies and how they evolved from one to the other.

  • Bioenergetic evolution with focus on- “lego” nature of protein complexes, fusions, large scale single gene phylogenetic investigations (tens of thousand genes at a time), large scale comparative genomics, pathway distributions across prokaryotic domains.
  • Physiology and ecology of Archaea with a focus on the metabolism of the different groups of archaea, their innovations, evolution and diversity.
  • Automatic classifications of metabolism based on (meta)genomic data.

Group Members

  • Leandro Nascimento Lemos
  • Govind Nair
  • Sinje Neukirchen
  • Anastasiia Padalko
  • Christian Pruckner


1) Pan-metabolic profiling of Archaea

Duration: 01.06.2016-31.05.2024

Funding agency: WWTF

Project leader: Dr. Filipa Sousa



2) Evolution of Physiology: The link between Earth and Life

Duration: 01.02.2019-31.01.2024

Funding agengy: ERC Starting Grant

Projekt leader: Dr. Filipa Sousa



Current collaborations

William F. Martin. Institute of Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. D-40225
Düsseldorf, Germany (