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Marta Tacão

Marta Tacão

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Research interests

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

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

05/2017-... : Post-Doc researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) and Biology Department, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
05/2015-04/2017: Researcher on project “Antibiotic resistance in aquatic systems: quantify risks and outline solutions” (IF/00492/2013), at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
03/2013-04/2015: Researcher on project PHYTOMARSH (PTDC/AAC-AMB/118873/2010), at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
04/2009-10/2014: PhD student at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
01/2006–06/2008: Researcher on project MOTIVE- 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: Researcher 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: Researcher on project DIVILAB- IST-1999-12017, at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
1999: Researcher 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

StARE - Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Evolution See more

ARTEMan: Transferência de resistência a antibióticos entre o Ambiente e o Homem 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 (Co-supervisor): Rafael S. Tavares (not a CESAM member)

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

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

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

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Joana Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

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

Master (Co-supervisor): Pedro Teixeira (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)

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 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)

CESAM Funding: