Pedro Castro

People Detail

Research Area : Bio-Inspired Systems

Position : Integrated members


Postdoctoral Junior Researcher DL57/2016(CRP) of the project VALEU (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030488). Ph.D in Molecular and Environmental Biology, specialization in Molecular Biotechnology. MSc in Molecular Genetics and BSc in Applied Biology


CURRENT SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY: Microbial Biotechnology – Ecosystems Sustainability – Systems Biology of Pseudomonas spp. – Pseudomonas-based Cell-Factories – Bacterial Synthetic Biology – Valorization of Plant Volatiles – Microbiomes as Biomonitoring Tools

Ongoing Projects

Title: VALEU - Towards the valorization of eucalyptus waste using Pseudomonas-based biocatalysts (PTDC/EAM-AMB/30488/2017)
Funding: 02/SAICT/2017
Role: contracted Junior Researcher DL57/2016(CRP)
Period: 2019 up to 2021

Concluded Projects

Title: GenomePortugal
Funding: ROTEIRO/0044/2013
Period: 2018-2019
Role: Postdoctoral Grantee

Title: WRANA - Wastewater reuse: improving the odds by understanding natural attenuation (INDIGO-IPP1-026, ERA-NET)
Funding: Inn-INDIGO/0004/2014
Period: 2017-2018
Role: Postdoctoral Grantee

Title: Cetaceans as marine ecosystem health sentinels
Funding: FCT- RECI/AAG-GLO/0470/2012
Period: 2013-2018
Role: Team member

Title: Exploitation of immunogenic proteins of the Burkholderia cepacia complex to design new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies
Funding: FCT- PTDC/BBB-BIO/1958/2012
Period: 2013-2015
Role: Team member

Title: BIOMYR –Towards the metabolic engineering of beta-myrcene pathway Pseudomonas sp. M1: functional genomics and structural biochemistry approaches
Funding: FCT- PTDC/EBB-BIO/104980/2008
Period: 2011-2013
Role: MSc Grantee


Viggor S., Jõesaar M., Soares-Castro P., Ilmjärv T., Santos P. M., Kapley A. & Kivisaar M. 2020. Microbial Metabolic Potential of Phenol Degradation in Wastewater Treatment Plant of Crude Oil Refinery: Analysis of Metagenomes and Characterization of Isolates. Microorganisms, 8(5), 652. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms8050652;

Sousa S. A., Soares-Castro P., Seixas A. M., Feliciano J. R., Balugas B., Barreto C., Pereira L., Santos P. M. & Leitão J. H. 2020. New insights into the immunoproteome of B. cenocepacia J2315 using serum samples from cystic fibrosis patients. New biotechnology, 54, 62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.nbt.2019.08.006;

Mesquita, C. S., Soares-Castro, P., Faustino, A., Santos, H. M., Capelo, J. L. & Santos, P. 2019. Identification of genomic loci associated with genotypic and phenotypic variation among Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates from pneumonia. Microbial pathogenesis, 136, 103702. doi: 10.1016/j.micpath.2019.103702;

Soares-Castro P., Araújo-Rodrigues H., Godoy-Vitorino F., Ferreira M., Covelo P., López A., Vingada J., Eira C. & Santos, P. M. (2019). Microbiota fingerprints within the oral cavity of cetaceans as indicators for population biomonitoring. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50139-7;

Soares-Castro P., Yadav, T. C., Viggor, S., Kivisaar, M., Kapley, A. & Santos P. M. 2019. Seasonal bacterial community dynamics in a crude oil refinery wastewater treatment plant. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 103(21-22), 9131-9141. doi: 10.1007/s00253-019-10130-8

Reis F., Soares-Castro P., Costa D., Tavares R. M., Baptista P., Santos P. M. & Lino-Neto, T. 2019. Climatic impacts on the bacterial community profiles of cork oak soils. Applied soil ecology, 143, 89-97. doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.05.031;

Soares-Castro P., Montenegro-Silva P., Heipieper H. J. & Santos P. M. 2017. Functional characterization of a 28-kb catabolic island from Pseudomonas sp. M1 involved in biotransformation of β-myrcene and related plant-derived volatiles. Appl Environ Microbiol. 83(9). pii: e03112-16. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03112-16.;

Godoy-Vitorino F., Rodriguez-Hilario A., Alves A. L., Gonçalves F., Cabrera-Colon B., Mesquita C. S., Soares-Castro P., Ferreira M., Marçalo A., Vingada J., Eira C. & Santos P. M. 2017. The microbiome of a striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) stranded in Portugal. Research in Microbiology. 168(1):85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2016.08.004;

Soares-Castro P. & Santos P. M. 2014. Deciphering the genome repertoire of Pseudomonas sp. M1 toward ß-myrcene biotransformation. Genome Biol Evol. 7(1):1-17. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evu254.;

Soares-Castro P. & Santos P. M. 2013. Towards the Description of the Genome Catalogue of Pseudomonas sp. Strain M1. Genome Announc. 1(1):pii:e00146-12. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00146-12;

Soares-Castro P., Marques D., Demyanchuk S., Faustino A. & Santos P. M. 2011. Draft genome sequences of two Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates with different antibiotic susceptibilities. J Bacteriol. 193(19):5573. doi: 10.1128/JB.05446-11 (cover issue of The Journal of Bacteriology vol19)

Mesquita C. S., Soares-Castro P. & Santos P. M.“Pseudomonas aeruginosa: phenotypic flexibility and antimicrobial resistance” (in press: Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education Vol1, A. Méndez-Vilas, Formatex Research Center, 2013.