Forging sustainability

Marta Tacão

Marta Tacão

Assistant Researcher

Research interests

Antibiotic resistance and public health
Antibiotic resistance mechanisms and dissemination
Environmental resistome
Urban microbiome
Bacterial genomics

Academic degrees

PhD in Biology, University of Aveiro (2014)
Master in Molecular Microbiology, University of Aveiro (2003)
Degree in Biology, University of Aveiro (1999)

Scientific activities

05/2019 - : Junior Researcher (CEECIND/01304/2017 - Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus CEEC 2017), Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro
02/2019 - 04/2019: Assistant Researcher (122-88-ARH/2018 - under the DL57/2016, NT), Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro
05/2017-01/2019: Post-Doc research fellow (Grant SFRH/BPD/114855/2016), Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro
05/2015-04/2017: Research fellow on project IF/00492/2013, Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro
03/2013-04/2015: Research fellow on project PTDC/AAC-AMB/118873/2010), Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro
04/2009-10/2014: PhD student (Grant - SFRH/BD/43468/2008) at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
01/2006–06/2008: Research fellow on project POCI/AMB/56616/2004), at Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação I.P. (INETI), Lisbon and Instituto de Ciência Aplicada e Tecnologia (ICAT) of the Faculty of Sciences at University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
07/2003–06/2005: Research fellow on project POCTI/CVT/42025/2001, at University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real and University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
10/2001–06/2003: MSc student at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
2000-2002: Research fellow on project DIVILAB- IST-1999-12017, at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
1999: Research fellow on project BIOREDE- PACD01/98-132, funded by Programa Aveiro Cidade Digital Medida 4, at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal



GReAT - Granular microalgae-bacterial sludge for aquaculture wastewater treatment See more

ARTEMan: Transferência de resistência a antibióticos entre o Ambiente e o Homem See more

StARE - Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Evolution See more

REFRESH – Minimizing microbial hazards in vegetables cultivated in the Estarreja municipality See more

ARISKA - Antibiotic resistance in the Antuã River: assessing risks to public health See more

PhytoMarsh - The phytosphere of salt-marsh plants: an underexplored microbial hot-spot See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Jessica Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sekerani Chidiamassamba (not a CESAM member)

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

PhD (Co-supervisor): Patrícia Alexandra Nunes de Matos (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Isabel Alexandre Teixeira da Silva (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Rafael Tavares (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Pedro Teixeira (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Nuno Pinto (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Melanie Pimenta (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Rafael S. Tavares (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Tiago Cravo (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Maria do Carmo Oliveira Vendas (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Pedro Teixeira (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): José Laço (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Dias (not a CESAM member)

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

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Joana Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

Projecto (Main Supervisor): Laura Pereira (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Bárbara Alves (not a CESAM member)

Final project (Co-supervisor): Sara Azenha (not a CESAM member)

Final project (Co-supervisor): Ana Sofia Figueiredo (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Paulo Salgueirinho (not a CESAM member)

Final project (Co-supervisor): Joana Gonçalves (not a CESAM member)

Final project (Co-supervisor): Joana Soares (not a CESAM member)

microlab - microbiome and drug resistance lab

Key skills and competences

Experience in culture-dependent and independent methodologies for the analysis of complex bacterial communities and strains; Skills in genomics for handling large sequence data and analysis; genome assembly and annotation; whole-genome based analysis for taxonomic inference and resistome and mobilome description; experience in characterization of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance mechanisms, dissemination potential, virulence traits, metal tolerance and pathogenicity traits; quantification of genetic determinants of resistance; Experience on handling  environmental samples from pristine waters, metal-contaminated soils or wastewaters, for  microbiological studies.

Other activities


Reviewer of Research Proposals applications for the, Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovaciónde (ANII) de Uruguay, Irish Research Council and the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Reviewer for WoS journals from different categories, namely Microbiology, Infectious diseases, Environmental Sciences, Water Resources, and Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology, for example: Water Research, Science of the Total Environment, Africa Health Sciences, Journal of Molecular Microbiology, Antibiotic resistance and Infection control,    BMC Genomics, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Microbial Drug Resistance,    International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents


Advanced course “Microbial Diversity: Methods and Applications” July 2018, held at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
Academia de Verão, July 2018, held at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal; program: “Há super-bactérias na água?”
Advanced Course “Bioinformatics for microbiologists, July 2018, held at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
International microorganism day (17th September 2017), Lisbon, Portugal
Course “The (Ir)restible World of Antibiotics” organized by BEST Aveiro (2014), University of Aveiro, for undergraduate students from European countries.
Advanced Course “Microbial Diversity: Methods and Applications” 15 to 19 July 2013, Aveiro, Portugal.
Advanced Course “Antibiotic resistance in the environment” 18 to 22 June 2012, Aveiro, Portugal.
Workshop “DGGE in Microbiology - Principles and Practice” 24 to 28 January 2005, Aveiro, Portugal.
2016-2017     Microbiology and Pharmacology (Degree in Nursing at University of Aveiro, Portugal, 1st year)


FEMS Early Career Scientist - meeting attendance grant (2019)


CESAM Funding: