Rúben Costa

PhD Students

Research Interests

​Ruben’s interest revolves around chronic disease progression mechanisms and inflammation. He aims to combine molecular signaling modulation, bioscaffolds and stem cell usage as a therapeutic approach to treat diseased tissue. His main goal is to develop a treatment strategy for articular degenerative diseases.

Selected Publications

Distinct Bacterial Communities Associated with the Coral Model Aiptasia in Aposymbiotic and Symbiotic States with Symbiodinium
T. Röthig, R.M. Costa, F. Simona, S. Baumgarten, A.F. Torres, A. Radhakrishnan, M. Aranda and C.R. Voolstra
Frontiers in Marine Science, 3:234, (2016)

Gla-Rich Protein Acts as a Calcification Inhibitor in the Human Cardiovascular System
C.S.B. Viegas, M.S. Rafael, JL. Enriquez, A. Teixeira, R. Vitorino, I.M. Luis, R.M. Costa, S. Santos, S. Cavaco, J. Neves, A.L. Macedo, B.A.G. Willems, C. Vermeer and D.C. Simes
Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology, 35 (2), 399-408, (2015)


  • ​M.Sc., Biomedical Sciences, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 2013
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2013-2015: Research Fellow, Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Portuguese Biochemical Society
  • European Society for Clinical Investigation
  • International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)


  • ​Best Poster Prize: XVIII Congress Of The Portuguese Biochemical Society, Coimbra, Portugal, 2014
  • Travel Grant: COST Training School-Proteome Bioinformatics, Barcelona, Spain, 2014