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Vanessa Oliveira

Vanessa Oliveira

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • 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

Academic degrees

Scientific activities




In progress (2)
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

Concluded (2)
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

In progress (0)
Concluded (2)
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

- 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.

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)

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


CESAM Funding: