Genome Evolution and Ecology -
Filipa Sousa

Room: 3.042
Djerassiplatz 1 (UBB)
1030 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

  • Chloe Ellis
  • Val Karavaeva
  • Ulf Naumann
  • Sinje Neukirchen
  • Anastasiia Padalko
  • Jéssica Carolina Gomes da Silva


Pan-metabolic profiling of Archaea: The Ecology of Genomics

Duration: 01.06.2016-31.05.2024

Funding agency: WWTF

Project leader: Filipa Sousa


Evolution of Physiology: The link between Earth and Life

Duration: 01.02.2019-31.07.2024

Funding agengy: ERC Starting Grant

Project leader: Filipa Sousa

Microbial biotransformations in biogeochemical cycles

Duration: 01.03.2022-28.02.2025

Funding agency: University of Vienna, Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution

PhD student: Jessica Gomes da Silva

Supervisor: Filipa Sousa

Current collaborations

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