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Vanessa Oliveira

Vanessa Oliveira

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID K-4593-2014
  • ORCID 0000-0003-4223-0851
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine & Estuarine Ecology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : Author: (Oliveira V) AND Author: (Oliveira, V) AND Author: (Oliveira, V.) AND Address: (CESAM)
  • 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

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

- Postdoctoral researcher, February 2015 – Present: 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



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)


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.

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: