Forging sustainability

Ana Cristina Esteves

Ana Cristina Esteves

Assistant Researcher

Research interests

Stress-related fungal plant pathogens
Global changes and fungal plant diseases
Microorganisms as biocontrol agents
Biotechnological potential of microorganisms
Microbial interactions

Academic degrees

2002. PhD in Biology, Aveiro University supervised by Professor Marlene Maria Tourais de Barros and Professor Euclides Manuel Vieira Pires.
1997. 1st year of the Master in Cell Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra.
1996. Degree in Biology, University of Aveiro.

Scientific activities

2020-present. Assistant Researcher. Aveiro University
2019-2020. Assistant Professor. Faculty of Dental Medicine. Portuguese Catholic University.
2018-2019. Invited Assistant Professor. Health Science Institute. Portuguese Catholic University.
2006-2018. Invited Assistant Professor. Biology Department, Aveiro University.
2015-2018. Post-doc. Cesam, DeBio, Aveiro University and Ghent University.
2011-2012. Invited Assistant Professor. Health Science Department. Portuguese Catholic University.
2008-2014. Post-doc. Cesam & DeBio, Aveiro University.
2002-2008. Post-doc. CBC,DeBio. Aveiro University and Coimbra University.


2019-2020. Coordinator of the Biomedical Sciences Degree. Faculty of Dental Medicine. Portuguese Catholic University.



MAXIAQUA - MAXimization of the strategies of control of a parasite in aquaculture of turbot See more

ALIEN - An integrated approach to unravel Lasiodiplodia-grapevine Interactions See more

URGENTpine ­- UnRaveling host­pathoGEn iNteracTions in pine pitch canker disease See more

PANDORA - Potential impact of climate changes on Botryosphaeriaceae-related diseases of Eucalyptus spp. in Portugal See more

Advanced Course on Protein Profiling of Microorganisms See more

Prometheus - PROteoME of Diplodia corticola, the cork oak paTHogEn fungUS See more

SEAGULL- Identification of nonpoint sources of faecal pollution in a natural environment: contributing data for risk assessment See more

Assessing the combined effects of chemical stressors and UV radiation on Daphnia magna See more

Assessing conformational stability of aspartic proteinases with biotechnological and medical relevance – Unfolding/refolding of dimeric and monomeric proteins See more

How do Organic Solvents Affect Cardosin A and Cardosin B Activity and Structure. The use of Cardosins in New Strategies and New Tactics for Routine Peptide Synthesis See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Filipa Leandro (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Micael Gonçalves (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Eduardo Jorge Mónica Esteves (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Pinheiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Carina Félix (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Filipe Honório (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Agata Stachecka (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Emília Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Joanna Rytych (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Carina Marques dos Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Márcia Raquel Maia Saraiva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Andreia Henriques (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Hugo Ricardo Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Tânia Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Bruno Queiroz (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Rafael Custódio (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Isabel Cristina Soares (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sara Abreu (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Mónica Fernandes (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Sofia Libório (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): João Baptista (not a CESAM member)

Bolseira de Investigação (Main Supervisor): Carina Rafaela Faria da Costa Félix (ex-CESAM member)

Seminário (Main Supervisor): João Santos (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Rodrigo Menezes (not a CESAM member)

Projecto licenciatura em Biotecnologia (Co-supervisor): Lúcia Sabala (not a CESAM member)

Estágio (Co-supervisor): Mariana Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Isabel Oliveira Fernandes (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Forough Nazar Pour (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Carina Rafaela Faria da Costa Félix (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Fernanda Blauth de Lima (not a CESAM member)

Journal Editor

Topic Editor of Frontiers in Fungal BiologyMetabolomics of fungal plant pathogens

Guest Associate Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology

Bioinformatic tools

Script for secretome prediction: Fungi Secreted Proteins (or Secretome) Predictor Pipeline

This script was designed to automate the prediction of fungi secreted proteins from a single or a batch of FASTA files using a complex pipeline that uses programs for the prediction of signal peptides, trans-membrane regions, subcellular localization and endoplasmic reticulum targeting motif. It can also be used for the prediction of complete fungi secretomes when given their proteomes.



2020: 2º Concurso “Comunicação de ciência em microbiologia” da Sociedade Portuguesa de Microbiologia. Vencedor da categoria "Júnior" com o trabalho "“O vírus com álcool ou sabão: uma história de inativação!”. Sara Costa, Raquel Silva, Ana Sofia Duarte – CIIS, Universidade Católica Portuguesa – e Ana Cristina Esteves – DBUA, Universidade de Aveiro.

2019: Prémio de melhor poster, para a comunicação: G Tavares, N Rosa, MJ Correia, M Barros, AS Duarte, AC Esteves. Plano estratégico para comunicação de ciência ao público escolar. SciCom19 - 7º Congresso da Rede de Comunicação de Ciência e Tecnologia de Portugal – SciComPT. 30 e 31 de Maio. Aveiro. Portugal.

2015: PrémioProve It. Com a  tecnologia “Método para produção de colagenase recombinante para digestão de colagénios" (CI-12-022). Financiamento no valor de 4.000€ para prova de conceito.

2014: Passaporte para o Empreendedorismo: Projecto “Cool'Digest - uma nova enzima para degradação de colagénios”. 2014. Refª 2331. Financiado pelo Programa Operacional Regional do Centro.

2007: Best Poster Prize: AS Fraga, AC Sarmento, CS Oliveira, M Nutley, A Cooper, E Pires, M Barros. Unfolding of cardosin A, an aspartic protease, in the presence of TFE/water mixtures. ProStab - 7th International Conference on Protein Stabilisation 2007. 11th - 14th April 2007. Exeter, UK.

1994: National delegate in the 36th London International Youth Science Forum, London, United Kingdom. Awarded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

CESAM Funding: