Hugo Castillo

Title
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Email
Department
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
College
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday, 10:00-12:00. Other times by appointment.

Areas of Expertise

Radiation biology, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology. Role of ionizing radiation on cellular homeostasis.
Hugo Castillo


I graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Mexico, with a B.S. in Ecology and later got a Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology from Penn State University. For over 15 years I have studied the taxonomic and functional succession of microbial communities present in animal wastewater treatment systems, agricultural soils, the rumen of cows and during the composting of organic matter. More recently I spent 5 summers working at an underground laboratory in the desert of New Mexico on a project aimed to identify the contribution of background radiation to homeostatic control in bacteria, mammalian cells and nematodes. Here at ERAU I have set up a Space Biology Laboratory where I develop microgravity analogs to help us formulate research-driven hypotheses for biology experiments at the ISS and beyond. In my lab, students learn state-of-the-art techniques to measure differential gene expression and different phenotypic and physiological biological endpoints in response to space-like conditions. 



  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Pennsylvania State University

  • BIO 120L: Foundations of Biology I Lab
  • BIO 216: Microbiology
  • BIO 216L: Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIO 405: Molecular & Cell Biology
  • BIO 405L: Molecular & Cell Biology Lab

September 2017-June 2018                  New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

                                                                 Department of Biology, research associate professor

September 2012-September 2017        New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

                                                                Department of Biology, postdoctoral researcher

September 2011-July 2012                   Alimentos y Nutricion, Chihuahua, Mexico.

                                                                Quality and Microbiology Laboratory Manager

May 2011-August 2011                         Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK

                                                               Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, visiting research associate

March 2006-March 2010                     Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

                                                              Animal Sciences Department, assistant professor