Staff Researcher


Phone: (34) 93 230 95 00

Silvia G. Acinas

I am a marine microbial microbiologist with interest in ecology, genomics and evolution. I studied Biology at University of Murcia (UM) and completed my PhD at University of Miguel-Hernández (UMH) in Alicante in 1999. My PhD thesis was focused to study microbial diversity patterns and dynamics of environmental microbial communities using molecular and culturing techniques. My postdoctoral training in molecular microbial ecology and genomics started in 1999 in USA and I spent 5 years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2001 to 2005. I extended my postdoc research at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) at Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology in Yerseke, in 2006. Finally, I joined as a research scientist at Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography at the ICM (Institut de Ciències del Mar), CSIC in Barcelona, with a Ramon and Cajal program in 2007 and I secured a permanent position in 2017. Since 2009, I am the coordinator of prokaryotic consortium within the TARA Ocean global expedition. I am also leading DeepMalaspinomics, a project funded by DOE JGI´s Community Sequencing Program (CSP). This project is a large scale sequencing project of deep ocean samples within the context of Malaspina global expedition.
My current research is mainly focused on linking microbial genetic diversity with functional capacities of ecologically relevant marine microbial taxa using metagenomics, metranscriptomics, single cell genomics and isolation. Thus, our group is interested to understand the evolutionary mechanisms underlying diversification processes. Finally,  we are also exploring the diversity and genomics of bacteria capable of detoxification and methylation of methymercury using omics and culturing experimental analyses.


M. Royo-Llonch, P. Sánchez, J.M. González, C. Pedrós-Alió, S.G. Acinas
Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 43, 126045. DOI: 10.1016/j.syapm.2019.126045

S. Sunagawa, S.G. Acinas, P. Bork, C. Bowler, Tara Oceans Coordinators, D. Eveillard, G. Gorsky, L. Guidi, D. Iudicone, E. Karsenti, F. Lombard, H.Ogata, S. Pesant, M.B. Sullivan, P. Wincker, C, de Vargas
Nature Reviews Microbiology, 18, 428-445. DOI: 10.1038/s41579-020-0364-5

A.E. Murray, J. Freudenstein, S.Gribaldo, R. Hatzenpichler, P. Hugenholtz, P. Kämpfer, K.. Konstantinidis, C.E. Lane, R.T. Papke, D.H. Parks, R. Rossello-Mora, M.B. Stott, I.C. Sutcliffe, J.C. Thrash, S.N. Venter, W.B. Whitman, S.G. Acinas, R.I. Amann, K. Anantharaman, J. Armengaud, B.J. Baker, R.A. Barco, H.B. Bode, E.S. Boyd, C.L. Brady, P. Carini, P.S.G. Chain, D.R. Colman, K.M. DeAngelis, M.A. de los Rios, P. Estrada-de los Santos, C.A. Dunlap, J.A. Eisen, D. Emerson, T.J.G. Ettema, D. Eveillard, P.R. Girguis, U. Hentschel, J.T. Hollibaugh, L.A. Hug, W.P. Inskeep, E.P. Ivanova, H.-P. Klenk, W.-J. Li, K.G. Lloyd, F.E. Löffler, T.P. Makhalanyane, D.P. Moser, T. Nunoura, Ma. Palmer, V. Parro, C.Pedrós-Alió, A.J. Probst, T.H. M. Smits, A.D. Steen, E.T. Steenkamp, A. Spang, F.J. Stewart, J.M. Tiedje, P. Vandamme, M. Wagner, F.-P. Wang, B.P. Hedlund, A.-L. Reysenbach
Nature Reviews Microbiology, 5, 987-994. DOI: 10.1038/s41564-020-0733-x

C. Ruiz-González, R. Logares, M. Sebastián, M. Mestre, R. Rodríguez-Martínez, M. Galí, M.M. Sala, S.G. Acinas, C.M. Duarte, J.M. Gasol
Molecular ecology, 28, 1930-1945. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15026


Principal investigator:
Funding entity: COMISION EUROPEAStart: 01/11/2019End: 31/10/2022
MAGGI - Reconstrución de genomas microbianos marinos mediante metagenómica, genómica de células individuales y cultivos.
Principal investigator:
Funding entity: MINECOStart: 01/01/2018End: 31/12/2020



Large-scale biogeography of marine pelagic Bacteria and Archaea
Author: G. Salazar GuiralSupervisor: S.G. Acinas, J.M. Gasol
Institution: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)Year: 2019
Diversity, ecology and evolution of marine diazotrophic microorganisms
Author: F.M. Cornejo CastilloSupervisor: S. G. Acinas
Institution: Universitat Politècnica de Cataluña (UPC)Year: 2017
Viruses in the marine environment: community dynamics, phage-host interactions and genomic structure
Author: E. Lara de la CasaSupervisor: D. Vaqué Vidal, S. G. Acinas
Institution: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariaYear: 2014
Uncovering Diversity and Structure of Bacteroidetes Populations in Marine Environments
Author: C. Díez VivesSupervisor: S.G. Acinas, J.M. Gasol
Institution: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Institut de Ciències del MarYear: 2013
Expressió gènica en microorganismes marins
Author: M. Coll LladóSupervisor: C. Pedrós-Alió, S. G. Acinas
Institution: Year: 2013