Caring about the future

Newton Carlos Marcial Gomes

Newton Carlos Marcial Gomes

Principal Researcher (Research Career)

  • Author Name : Gomes N.C.M.

  • Researcher ID: K-3211-2015
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-1934-0091
  • Ciencia ID: 601B-1F1B-26E1
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Gomes NCM) OR Author=(Gomes N) AND Address=(CESAM) NOT Author=(Gomes, Nuno)

Research interests

Aquaculture microbiome modulation to improve food security and promote aquaculture sustainability.
From ecology to biotechnology: combine ecology and biotechnology disciplines for a better understanding of the diversity, eco physiological functions and biotechnological potential of marine microbes.
Structural and functional studies of microbial communities in marine ecosystems, plants and animal hosts.
Linking research on environmental and applied microbiology to technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Academic degrees

1995 - 1999. PhD in Microbiology. Institute of Microbiology Prof. Paulo de Góes. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
1992 - 1995. MSc in Microbiology. Institute of Biological Sciences. Federal University of Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte (Brazil).
1987 - 1992. Bachelor in Marine Biology. Integrated Faculties Maria Thereza, Niterói (Brazil).

Scientific activities

2020-Present: Principal Researcher of CESAM and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal. (Research Career)

2009 - Present. Coordinator of the Laboratory for Molecular Studies of Marine Environments (LEMAM) of CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

2013 - 2018. Principal Researcher of CESAM and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal. (FCT Investigator Programme 2012)

2007 -2013. Assistant Researcher of CESAM and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal. (FCT — Ciência 2007)

2001 – 2007. Post-doctoral researcher. Federal Research Centre Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Germany.



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HALIUS - Halotolerant rhizobacteria for enhanced tolerance of Olea europaea to saline stress and infection See more

ConTribuT - Conversion of dietary tributyrin in rainbow trout See more

MicroNiche – Exploring the endolithic niche of coral symbiotic microalgae inside reef sand grains See more

MAXIMUS.PT - Research and development for the production of larvae and juveniles of turbot in maternity See more

4D-REEF-Past, present, and future of coral reefs in the Coral Triangle See more

Symbioreactor - Sustainable Production of Bioactive Metabolites from Microbial Symbionts of Marine Sponges and Corals See more

Bioelectronic Tongue System for the Paralytic Toxins detection in shellfish See more

RhizoMiS - Redesigning the rhizosphere microbiome of Salicornia for exploitation of bioproducts and improvement of bioprocesses See more

AquaHeal - Microbial modulation in aquacultures with recirculation system: towards a production system suppressor of diseases See more

EcoTech-SPONGE- Assessing the ECOlogical functions and potential bioTECHnological applications of plasmid assemblages from microbial symbionts of marine SPONGEs See more

LínguaTox - Língua bioeletrónica para a deteção de toxinas marinhas em bivalves See more

NO RESET - Metamorphosis does not reset embryonic and larval history. Clarifying the role of offspring provisioning and larval feeding on early post-settlement performance of coastal marine invertebrates See more

Dynamics of the intestinal microbial flora, digestive enzymes activity and biochemical composition of marine invertebrate larvae in a globally changing ocean (Nº E-116/10) See more

STEP - Integrated System for Managing Fishfarm Effluents See more

SymbioCoRe - SYnergies through Merging BIOlogical and biogeochemical expertise in COral REsearch See more

LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more

AQUASAFE - Development of new technologies to anticipate and diagnose disease outbreaks in aquaculture See more

RASTREMAR - Use of molecular tools in the traceability of marine food products See more

Phage therapy as a low environmental impact alternative to inactive phatogenic bacteria in fishfarming plants. See more

LUSOEXTRACT – Finding new natural compounds isolated from unique Portuguese ecosystems (AAC/SI/35/2009) See more

CARCACE - Colonization of mAmmal caRCasses in the deep Atlantic ocEan See more

Global climate change and pollution: a synergy designed for disaster? See more

Development of methods for the bioaccunulation of metals by endophytic bacteria See more

SWIMGLO - The Gloria-SWIM plate boundary Faults connection and its importance on the propagation of tectonic deformation and deep See more

PORTONOVO- Water Quality in Harbours. / 2009-1/119 See more

ARENA - Integrated ecological risk assessment of nanomaterials in temperate and tropical ecosystems See more

Remediation Processes in uranium and other mining areas See more

MicroMed - Desenvolvimento de um equipamento de medição do nível/grau de higienização e fúngico de produtos alimentares e de embalagem See more

CAPTAR-Science and Environment for All See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Davide Silva (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Tamara Maria Stuij (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Ana Rita Moura Polónia (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Cecília da Cruz Pires (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Cecília da Cruz Pires (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Diogo Pinho (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Marina Ferreira (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Patrícia Tavares Martins (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Letícia Novaes Duarte (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Camila Machado Boaventura -Bolsa Capes-Brasil (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Rui Jorge Miranda Rocha (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Vanessa Jesus Oliveira (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Francisco José Riso da Costa Coelho (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): António Miguel de Oliveira Louvado (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Patrícia Maia Domingues (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Catarina Bispo Prata (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Joana Catarina Moniz da Rocha (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Yolanda José Silva (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): António Miguel de Oliveira Louvado (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): António Miguel de Oliveira Louvado (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Francisco José Riso da Costa Coelho (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Vanessa Jesus Oliveira (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Catarina Pires Ribeiro Ramos Marques (CESAM member)

Featured publications

  1. Cleary D.F.R., Swierts T., Coelho F.J.R.C., Polónia A.R.M., Huang Y.M., Ferreira M.R.S., Putchakarn S., Carvalheiro L., van der Ent E., Ueng J-P., Gomes N.C.M., de Voogd N.J. (2019) The sponge microbiome within the greater coral reef microbial metacommunity. Nature Communications. 10, 1644. IF 17.694

  2. Domingues P.M., Almeida A., Leal L.S., Gomes N.C.M., Cunha A. (2017) Bacterial production of biosurfactants under microaerobic and anaerobic conditions. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology. 16, 239-272. IF 14.284

  3. Alexandrino M., Macías F., Costa R., Gomes N.C.M., Canário A.V.M., Costa M.C. (2011) A bacterial consortium isolated from an Icelandic fumarole displays exceptionally high levels of sulfate reduction and metals resistance. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 187, 362-370.  IF 14.224

  4. Fernandez L., Louvado A., Esteves V.I., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2017) Biodegradation of 17 beta-estradiol by bacteria isolated from deep sea sediments in aerobic and anaerobic media. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 323, 359-366.  IF 14.224

  5. Borges N., Keller-Costa T., Sanches-Fernandes G.M.M., Louvado A., Gomes N.C.M., Costa R. (2021) Bacteriome Structure, Function, and Probiotics in Fish Larviculture: The Good, the Bad, and the Gaps. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, 9. 423-452. IF 13.341

  6. Coelho F.J.R.C., Rocha R. J.M., Pires A.C.C., Ladeiro B., Castanheira J.M., Costa R., Almeida A., Cunha Â., Lillebø A.I., Ribeiro R., Pereira R., Lopes I., Marques C., Moreira-Santos M., Calado R., Cleary D.F.R., Gomes N.C.M. (2013) Development and validation of an experimental life support system for assessing the effects of global climate change and environmental contamination on estuarine and coastal marine benthic communities. Global Change Biology. 19, 2584–2595.  IF 13.211

  7. Coelho F.J.R.C., Cleary D.F.R., Rocha R.J.M., Calado R., Castanheira J.M., Rocha S.M., Silva A.M.S., Simões M.M.Q., Oliveira V., Lillebø A., Almeida A., Cunha Â., Lopes I., Ribeiro R., Moreira-Santos M., Marques C.R., Costa R., Pereira R. and Gomes N.C.M. (2015) Unraveling the interactive effects of climate change and oil contamination on laboratory simulated estuarine benthic communities. Global Change Biology. 5, 1871-1886.  IF 13.211

  8. Nogueira V., Lopes I., Rocha-Santos T., Santos A.L., Rasteiro G.M., Antunes F., Gonçalves F., Soares A.M.V.M., Cunha A., Almeida A., Gomes N.C.M., Pereira R. (2012) Impact of organic and inorganic nanomaterials in the soil microbial community structure. Science of the Total Environment. 424, 344–350.  IF 10.753

  9. Gomes N.C.M., Cruz S.C., Pires A.C.C., Gonçalves S.F., Calado R., Cleary D.F.R., Loureiro S. (2013) Richness and composition of sediment bacterial assemblages in an Atlantic port environment. Science of the Total Environment. 452-453, 172-180.  IF 10.753

  10. Louvado A.M., Gomes N.C.M. Almeida A., Simões M., Cunha A. (2015) Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in deep sea sediments: microbe-pollutant interactions in a remote environment. Science of the Total Environment. 526, 312-328. IF 10.753


Coelho, FJRC, Gomes, NCM, Ferreira, MRS, Vieira, FYM “Method and device for stabilizing and storing DNA at room temperature and uses thereof”. Provisional Patent Application. PN116392. Date of request 15.05.2020.

Gomes, NCM, Oliveira, VJ, Coelho, FJRC, dos Santos, ARL. "A portable device, a method to read authentication labels and their uses”. Patent: PCT/ IB2017/052570. Date of request: 28.04.2017. Publication Number: WO2017191575A1

Gomes NCM. “Molecular label containing dna molecules and process for marking and identifying the label”.  International Patent: PCT/PT2014/000056. Date of request: 22-09-2014. Publication Number: WO2015026254

Rocha, SM, Costa V, Ferreira J, Almeida A, Cunha A, Gomes NCM, Stein P, Petronilho S, Baptista I. "Equipment and flow extraction process of biological and chemical contaminants". National Patent (Portugal) n.º 105390. Granted 19/12/2017. Publication Number: WO2012069888

Scientific Entrepreneurship

Innovation and stimulation of entrepreneurship activities in the biotechnology sector

2020 - Present - Co-Founder and promoter of InnerCore a spin-off company of the University of Aveiro. The company aims to support the development of technologies and products based on microbiome knowledge and empower organizations to explore the potential of the microbiome for scientific discovery and business performance.

2017 - Present - Member of the Mentall® mentor network for entrepreneurship of the Technology Transfer Unit of the University of Aveiro (UATEC). MentAll® is a mentoring network created by UATEC, whose main objectives are to support and consolidate entrepreneurial initiatives and encourage knowledge share between entrepreneurs and mentors.

2016 - Present - Advisory Council Member of Broto Biotechnology Incubator. A bi-institutional incubator of State University of Santa Cruz (UESC) and State University of Feira de Santana (UEFS), Brazil.

2016 - 2018 - Co-Founder and promoter of DNA TRUSTAG a spin-off company of University of Aveiro. The company aims at providing and introducing into the market brand and product protection solutions based on an innovative DNA authentication technology.

July 2017 – DNA TRUSTAG was awarded with the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The proposal was scored as a high-quality project in a highly competitive evaluation process during the SME instrument phase 2 call (H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017). The company reached the 3º best score in Portugal and 9º place for all projects in the Topic: Engaging SMEs in security research and development.

October 2016 - DNA TRUSTAG receives Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 funding. The SME instrument is a funding program of the European Union, which aims to transform disruptive ideas into concrete innovative solutions with an European and global impact.

July 2016 - DNA TRUSTAG was awarded with the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 (EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation).

2012 – 2017 – Responsible for the course “Applied Environmental Microbiology and Bio-entrepreneurship” to promote/stimulate bio-entrepreneurial activities. University of Santa Cruz (UESC) (Bahia, Brazil).

Project evaluation expert

2019 - Expert evaluator for the European Commission, Horizon2020 frame work Programm (H2020) (Brussels, Belgium).

2018 - Expert evaluator for the European Commission, Horizon2020 frame work Programm (H2020) (Brussels, Belgium).

2016 - Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Div. Mathematics, Physical and Engineering Sciences (Berne, Switzerland).

2016 - Reviewer for the French National Research Agency (ANR). Call “Functioning of fluid and solid Earth" (Paris, France).

2015 – Reviewer for the National Council for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development (Zagreb, Croatia). Evaluation service for Establishing a Centre of Excellence in the Republic of Croatia.

2015 - Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Div. Mathematics, Physical and Engineering Sciences (Berne, Switzerland).

2015 - Reviewer for the International Foundation for Science (IFS) (Stockholm, Sweden).

2013 - Reviewer for the University of Puerto Rico's Sea Grant College Program (UPR Sea Grant) (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico).

Organisation of scientific meetings

Co-chair of the 15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology (BAGECO 15). "Ecosystem drivers in a changing planet". Lisbon, Portugal. 26–30 May 2019.

Convenor and Chair of the session “Symbiosis (symbionts)” in the 17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME17). Leipzig, Germany. 12 - 17 August 2018.

Co-chair of the 1 st Advanced Seminars in Microbial Ecology Symbioses, biotechnology and industry in a changing climate. A workshop sponsored by the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Ambassador Programme at Higher Technical Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal). December 16, 2016.

Organizer of the Mini-Workshop Project AquaSafe - Development of new technologies for early detection of outbreaks and rapid diagnosis of diseases in aquaculture. Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal). November 25, 2015. 

Member of the Organizing Committee of the “Jornadas da Ria de Aveiro 2011: Ciência e Tecnologia, Socioeconomia, Ordenamento e Gestão”. University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal). May 2 – 4, 2011.

Awards and Distinctions

 2015 - University of Aveiro - 40 Years 40 Inventors 40 Entrepreneurs.
In September 2015, University of Aveiro published a special commemorative publication to celebrate its 40th anniversary. This joint initiative of the Technology Transfer Unit (UATEC) and the Business Incubator of the University of Aveiro (IEUA) recognized the work of 40 inventors and entrepreneurs from this institution in the last 40 years.

2014 - Prototype awarded - I Transfrontier Contest for Prototypes Oriented to the Market (Prototransfer). INESPO II - Innovation Network Spain-Portugal.

2014- PROVE IT - Financial award for development of the prototype “Use of chimeric DNA molecules for development of molecular barcode labels” (Newton Gomes). Technology Transfer Unit of the University of Aveiro (UATEC) and project GAPI 3. Portugal.

2010 - Awarded with National Innovation Prize (BES prize - Portugal) with the best Business Plan in the category of Ocean Economy. Portugal.

2009 - 1º prize for the best business proposal of the University of Aveiro presented in the Curso de Empreendedorismo de Base Tecnológica (CEBT09) with project "Fishcare". Portugal.

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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