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  Vanessa Oliveira  
  e-mail: v.oliveira@ua.pt  
  Category: Pos-Doc Researcher  
  Department: Biology  
  Research group: Marine & Estuarine Ecology
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  Title: Evaluation of the synergistic effects caused by global climate change and environmental pollution on bacterial plasmid diversity in marine demosponges inhabiting Portuguese estuaries: ecological and biotechnological implications.
  Supervisor: Dr. Newton Gomes; Dr. Ângela Cunha e Dr. Silvia Rocha
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BPD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/101919/2014
  Start date: 2015-02-01
  End date: 2021-01-31
Short CV

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).

Current Situation

02/2015 – Present - Post-Doc Researcher at the Department of Biology (dbio) and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro


Invited Auxiliar Professor (part-time), at Biology Department-UA


Professional Experience

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).

01/2013 – 12/2014 – Promoter in Biotechnology project (supported by government program “Passaporte para o Empreendedorismo”)

11/2009-10/2014– PhD Student at the Department of Biology (dbio) and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro

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

11/2008-10/2009- Scholarship research of the scientific project "PTDC/MAR/67752/2006", University of Aveiro

 Research interests

1)   Environmental Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Molecular Biology

2)   Bacterial biodegradation of pollutants and microbe enhanced phytorremediation.

3)   Investigation of marine microbial symbionts to search for novel compounds including biocatalysts and antibiotics.

4)   Bioinformatics, metagenomic and metatranscriptomic based analysis


Professional career

Member of the CESAM (Center of Studies of the Environment and the Sea), Institute of Investigation of the University of Aveiro (since 2007)

Project participation

- Scolarship Research of the scientific project "PTDC/MAR/67752/2006 O papel das plantas de sapal no ciclo do mercúrio: identificação das interacções planta-bactérias-Hg críticas para a remediação de ecossistemas (MARMER)". Felloship funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal

- 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.


Gomes, NCM, Oliveira, VJ, Coelho, FJRC, dos Santos, ARL. "Dispositivo portátil, método para leitura de etiquetas de autenticação e seus usos”. National Invention Paten, Date of request: 03.05.2016.

Scientific Supervision
final degree project (Co-supervisor): Lúcia Roque
(not a CESAM member)
final degree project (Co-supervisor): Rosa Cirne
(not a CESAM member)

AquaHeal: Microbial modulation in aquacultures with recirculation system: towards a production system suppressor of diseases [see details]

EcoTech-SPONGE- Assessing the ecological functions and potential biotechnological applications of plasmid assemblages from microbial symbionts of marine sponges [see details]

AQUASAFE - Development of new technologies to anticipate and diagnose disease outbreaks in aquaculture [see details]

MARMER: The role of salt marsh plants on mercury cycle. Identifying plant-bacteria-Hg interactions critical for ecosystem remediation [see details]

  1. Cleary D.F.R., Coelho F.J.R.C., Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Polonia A.R.M. (2017) Sediment depth and habitat as predictors of the diversity and composition of sediment bacterial communities in an inter-tidal estuarine environment. Marine Ecology. 38, 2, -e12411. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maec.12411
  2. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Santos M., Almeida A., Lillebo A.I., Ezequiel J., Serodio J., Silva A.M.S., Simoes M.M.Q., Rocha S.M., Cunha A. (2017) Effects of the Inoculant Strain Pseudomonas sp SPN31 nah (+) and of 2-Methylnaphthalene Contamination on the Rhizosphere and Endosphere Bacterial Communities of Halimione portulacoides. Current Microbiology. 74, 5, 575-583. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Coelho F.J.R.C., Cleary D.F.R., Costa R., Ferreira M., Polonia A.R.M., Silva A.M.S., Simoes M.M.Q., Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M. (2016) Multitaxon activity profiling reveals differential microbial response to reduced seawater pH and oil pollution. Molecular Ecology. 25, 18, 4645-4659. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: 10.1111/mec.13779
  4. Hentati, O., Oliveira, V., Sena, C., Bouji, M.S.M., Wali, A., Ksibi, M. (2016) Soil contamination with olive mill wastes negatively affects microbial communities, invertebrates and plants. Ecotoxicology. 25, 8, 1500-1513. (see details) ISI paper
  5. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Silva A.M.S., Silva H., Cunha A. (2015) Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Hydrocarbons in Estuarine Environments. Microbial Ecology. 69, 1, 1-12. (see details) ISI paper
  6. 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., Simoes M.M.Q., Oliveira V., Lillebo A.I., Almeida A., Cunha A., Lopes I., Ribeiro R., Moreira-Santos M., Marques C.R., Costa R., Pereira R., Gomes N.C.M. (2015) Unraveling the interactive effects of climate change and oil contamination on laboratory-simulated estuarine benthic communities. Global Change Biology. 21, 5, 1871-1886. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Oliveira V, Silva A, Marques B, Almeida A, Gomes NCM, Lillebø A, Cunha A (2015) Microcosm assessment of the effect of an acute mercury contamination event on the structure and activity of sediment bacterial communities. Applied Microbiology - Open Access. 1:102, (see details) ISI paper
  8. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Silva A.M.S., Simoes M.M.Q., Smalla K., Cunha A. (2014) Hydrocarbon contamination and plant species determine the phylogenetic and functional diversity of endophytic degrading bacteria. Molecular Ecology. 23, 6, 1392-1404. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12559
  9. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Cleary D.F.R., Almeida A., Silva A.M.S., Simoes M.M.Q., Silva H., Cunha A. (2014) Halophyte plant colonization as a driver of the composition of bacterial communities in salt marshes chronically exposed to oil hydrocarbons. Fems Microbiology Ecology. 90, 3, 647-662. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Domingues P.M., Louvado A., Oliveira V., Coelho F.J., Almeida A., Gomes N.C.M., Cunha A. (2013) Selective cultures for the isolation of biosurfactant producing bacteria: comparison of environmental inocula and hydrophobic carbon sources. Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology. 43, 3, 237-55. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Santos A.L., Oliveira V., Baptista I., Henriques I., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Correia A., Cunha A. (2013) Wavelength Dependence of Biological Damage Induced by UV Radiation on Bacteria. Archives Of Microbiology. 195, 1, 63-74. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s00203-012-0847-5
  12. Cruz A., Oliveira V., Baptista I., Almeida A., Cunha A., Suzuki S., Mendo S. (2012) Effect of tributyltin (TBT) in the metabolic activity of TBT-resistant and sensitive estuarine bacteria. Environmental Toxicology. 27, 1, 11-17. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20549634
  13. Cleary D.F.R., Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Pereira A. , Henriques I., Marques B., Almeida A., Cunha A., Correia A., Lillebø A.I. (2012) Impact of sampling depth and plant species on local environmental conditions, microbiological parameters and bacterial composition in a mercury contaminated salt marsh. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64, 2, 263-271. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.11.020
  14. Oliveira V., Santos A.L., Aguiar C., Santos L., Salvador A.C., Gomes N.C.M., Silva H., Rocha S.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2012) Prokaryotes in salt marsh sediments of Ria de Aveiro: effects of halophyte vegetation on abundance and diversity. Estuarine, Coastal And Shelf Science. 110, 61-68. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2012.03.013
  15. Santos A.L., Oliveira V., Baptista I., Henriques I., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Correia A., Cunha A. (2012) Effects of UV-B Radiation on the Structural and Physiological Diversity of Bacterioneuston and Bacterioplankton. Applied And Environmental Microbiology. 78, 6, 2066-2069. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://aem.asm.org/content/early/2012/01/06/AEM.06344-11.abstract
  16. Oliveira V., Santos A.L., Coelho F., Gomes N.C.M., Silva H., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2010) Effects of monospecific banks of salt marsh vegetationon sediment bacterial communities. Microbial Ecology. 60, 1, 167–179 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-010-9678-6
  1. ACC Pires, DFR Cleary, ARM Polónia, SC Lim, NJ de Voogd, V Oliveira, NCM Gomes Comparison of bacterial communities associated with Xestospongia testudinaria, sediment and seawater in a Singaporean coral reef ecosystem. Journal Of The Marine Biological Association Of The United Kingdom. (see details)
    Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315418000188
  1. Cunha A., Almeida A., Coelho F.J.R.C., Gomes N.C.M., Oliveira V., Santos A.L. (2010) Bacterial Extracellular Enzymatic Activity in Globally Changing Aquatic Ecosystems. In: Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Badajoz. Formatex. 2, (see details)
  2. Santos A.L., Baptista I., Oliveira V., Henriques I, Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Correia A., Cunha A. (2010) Oxidative stress induced by photochemical reactions occuring at the surface microlayer. In: Microorganisms in Industry and Environment: From Scientific and Industrial Research to Consumer Products. Singapore. World Scientific Publishing. 978-981-4322-10-2. (see details)
  1. Oliveira V. (em curso) Microbe-mediated recovery of salt marshes contaminated with oil hydrocarbons. PhD Thesis. (see details)
  2. Oliveira V. (2008) Diversidade microbiana em rizosferas de plantas de sapal. MSc Thesis. (see details)
  1. Oliveira V., Pires A.C.C., Cleary D.F.R., Pólonia A.R.M., Lim S.C., de Voogd N.J., Gomes N.C.M. (2017) Bacterial communities of Xestospongia testudinaria, sediment and water in a singaporean coral reef ecosystem. (see details)
  2. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Silva A.M.S, Simões M.M.Q., Smalla K., Cunha A. (2013) Characterization of endophytic community structure and functional diversity associated with two salt marshes plants (Halimione portulacoides and Sarcocornia perennis). (see details)
  3. Silva A.P., Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2013) Effect of culture medium in the production of bacterial rhamnolipids. (see details)
  4. Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Ezequiel J., Serôdio J., Silva A.M.S. , Simões M.M.Q. , Silva H., Cunha A. (2013) Evaluation of plant-microbe interaction in 2-methylnaphthalene contaminated sediments. (see details)
  5. Silva A.P., Oliveira V., Sousa F., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Serafim L., Cunha A. (2013) Effect of salinity in the production of rhamnolipids by Pseudomonas strains isolated from Ria de Aveiro. (see details)
  6. Oliveira V., Santos A.L., Coelho F., Aguiar C., Sousa S., Lopes S., Gomes N.C.M, Almeida A., Cunha A. (2009) Bacterial in salt-marsh sediments: Influence of plant colonization on abundance, Physiological diversity and heterotrophic activity (Ria de Aveiro, Portugal). (see details)
  7. Oliveira V., Santos A.L., Coelho F., Aguiar C., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2009) Structural diversity, physiological profiles and abundance of sulfate-reducing bacteria in bacterial communities of salt-marsh sediments (Ria de Aveiro, Portugal). (see details)
  8. Oliveira V., Aguiar C., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2009) Património Microbiológico do Sapal da Ria de Aveiro: importância das bactérias para a reciclagem de matéria orgânica. Congresso Internacional de História e Património de Aveiro. (see details)
  9. Silva R.N., Tómas A.C., Tómas J.P.C., Neves M.G.P.M.S., Faustino M.A.F., Cavaleiro J.A.S., Oliveira V., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2009) Evaluation of the adsorvation/activity relationship of a cationic porphyrin in Bacillus endospores. (see details)
  10. Santos A.L., Baptista I., Oliveira V., Lopes S., Henriques I., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Correia A., Cunha A. (2009) Role of Photochemically-Induced Oxidative Stress in Determining the Biological Effects of UV Radiation in Bacteria. (see details)
  11. Santos L, Cunha MA, Gomes A, Santos AL, Hornibrook E, Pinheiro LM, Nuzzo M, Oliveira V, Almeida MA (2007) Distribution and activity of prokaryote communities in the sediments of the mud volcano Porto (Gulf of Cadiz). (see details)
  12. Oliveira V, Santos AL, Mendes C, Santos L, Almeida A, Cunha A (2007) Influence of plant colonization on te size, physological diversity and heterotrophic activityof salt marsh bacteriobenthos (Ria de Aveiro, Portugal). (see details)
  13. Santos AL, Mendes C, Coelho F, Oliveira V, Santos L, Almeida A, Cunha A (2007) Dynamics of bacterioneuston and bacterioplankton communities in the estuarine system Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. (see details)
  14. Santos A.L., Mendes C., Coelho F., Oliveira V., Santos L., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2007) Seasonal and spatial patterns of bacterioneuston and bacterioplankton communities in the estuarine system Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. (see details)
  15. Cunha A., Coelho F., Santos A.L., Oliveira V., Santos L., Almeida A. (2007) Characterization of bacterioplankton and bacterioneuston in the estuarine system Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. (see details)
  1. Coelho F.J.R.C., Santos A.L., Oliveira V., Santos L., Gomes N.C.M., Almeida A., Cunha A. (2011) Padrões de Variação da Actividade Enzimática Extracelular Bacteriana na Ria de Aveiro. Actas das Jornadas da Ria de Aveiro. 295-301. (see details)