Forging sustainability

Vanessa Jesus Oliveira

Vanessa Jesus Oliveira

Assistant Researcher

  • Researcher ID: K-4593-2014
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-4223-0851
  • Ciencia ID: DC15-CF77-2324
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author: (Oliveira V) AND Author: (Oliveira, V) AND Author: (Oliveira, V.) AND Address: (CESAM)

Research interests

1) Environmental Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Molecular Biology
2) Investigation of marine microbial symbionts to search for novel compounds including biocatalysts and antibiotics.
3) Bacterial biodegradation of pollutants and microbe enhanced phytorremediation.
4) Bioinformatics and metagenomic based analysis

Academic degrees

2014 – PhD in Biology, Specialization in Microbiology by the Aveiro University.
2008 – Master in Microbiology by the University of Aveiro (final classification of 16).
2007 – 4 years degree in Biology by the University of Aveiro (final classification of 15).

Scientific activities

- 2020 - (present): Invited Auxiliar Professor, University of Aveiro
- January 2019 - Present: Junior researcher, CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal (Contract Researcher under Decree-Law 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule).
- Postdoctoral researcher, February 2015 – December 2018: CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
- Invited Auxiliar Professor (30%): Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
- Promoter in Biotechnology project, January 2013 - December 2014 (supported by government program “Passaporte para o Empreendedorismo”).
- PhD student, November 2009 - October 2014: CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
- Scholarship research grant, November 2008 - October 200: Research project (PTDC/MAR/67752/2006), Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
- MSc student, September 2007- December 2008: Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.


- July 2018 – Participation in Metagenomics Bioinformatics 2018 course conducted by the European Bioinformatics Institute EMBL-EBI; Cambridge, UK.
- November/December 2015 – Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the frame of e-COST Action FLOWS (ES1301), under the supervision of Dr. Mark Lever, ETH Zurich, to learn innovative techniques in molecular biology (sequencing) and to produce new datasets from the deep-sea sediment samples that were brought from Expedition 351 of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).
- Setember/October 2010 – Short-term stay in Julius Kühn-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, to learn techniques relating to the detection and characterization of plasmids from endophytic bacteria capable of hydrocarbon degradation, under the supervision of Dr Kornelia Smalla



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

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

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

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

MARMER: The role of salt marsh plants on mercury cycle. Identifying plant-bacteria-Hg interactions critical for ecosystem remediation See more

Scientific Supervision

final degree project (Co-supervisor): Lúcia Roque (not a CESAM member)

final degree project (Co-supervisor): Rosa Cirne (not a CESAM member)

Juri participation

- Principal Juri of Master degree in Biochemistry - Food Biochemistry. Master Thesis Defense by Adriana Cristina Faria Gomes at the Department of Chemistry, Aveiro University.

- Principal Juri of Master degree in Applied Ecology. Master Thesis Defense by Bruno Miguel Ribeiro Soares at the Department of Biology, Aveiro University.

-Principal Juri of Master degree in Microbiology. Master Thesis Defense by Sandro Vieira Figueiredo at the Department of Biology, Aveiro University.


Gomes, NCM, Oliveira, VJ, Coelho, FJRC, dos Santos, ARL. "A portable device, a method to read authentication labels and their uses”. International Patent: PCT/ IB2017/052570. Date of request: 28.04.2017. Publication Number: WO2017191575

Project participation

 - Participation on a Transnacional project “FCT/5952/27/5/2013/S - Integrated geophysical, geochemical and microbiological approaches for hydrocarbon prospecting in sedimentary basins from Portugal and Tunisia”. Funded by Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal.

CESAM Funding: