New Faculty (Spring 2020)

cynthia-silveiraDr. Cynthia Silveira

Cynthia Silveira’s laboratory studies the ecology of bacteriophages (phages), viruses that infect bacteria. Phages are the most abundant and diverse biological entities on the planet. Their interactions with bacteria modulate ecosystem dynamics, which range from organic carbon cycling in the ocean to interactions between bacteria and animals. Research in the Silveira lab aims to understand the molecular drivers and ecosystem outcomes of lysogenic phage infections. This mode of phage replication can lead to the rise of commensal and pathogenic interactions between bacteria and animal hosts, from corals to humans.

The Silveira Lab is recruiting students with interest in microbial ecology to develop projects applying molecular biology and bioinformatics tools to investigate symbiotic interactions between phage, bacteria, and animals.

Silveira's Citations


2015 Ph.D. in Genetics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 M.Sc. in Biological Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 B.S. in Marine Biology, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. Supervisor Ricardo Vieira

Professional Experience

2018–current Adjunct Research Professor, San Diego State University, CA
2016 –2017 Postdoctoral Researcher, San Diego State University, CA
2015 –2016 CNPq Postdoctoral Fellow at San Diego State University, CA
2012 –2014 Lecturer, Fluminense Federal University, RJ, Brazil