I hold a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT NOVA) and an MSc and PhD in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico. My research background is molecular microbiology of animal and human pathogens.
As an invited assistant professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, I have been teaching theoretical and practical courses focused on various areas of microbiology and bacterial genetics. Currently, I coordinate the Landscape Epidemiology and Wildlife Diseases subgroup of cE3c’s Conservation Ecology research group.
I have a primary interest on infection biology and epidemiology. Being a microbiologist, my natural focus is often at the level of the microorganism but my interests have progressed to understand the role of biotic factors and anthropogenic determinants in disease distribution, transmission dynamics and host’ responses and to comprehend the evolutionary forces that are exerted both upon pathogens and host species, as well as their functional implications during infection.
My research efforts are directed both to fundamental and applied science, integrating multiple analytical approaches, relying on new and not so new tools, to understand pathogen’s biology, infection scenarios and disease regulation in natural and managed populations. My work is highly committed to support knowledge-based interventions.
Cunha, M.V., Azorín, B., Peñuela, R.G., Albuquerque, T. & Botelho, A. (2017) Exposure of threatened accipitridae to Mycobacterium bovis calls for active surveillance.EcoHealth, 14(2), 310-317. DOI:10.1007/s10393-017-1226-0 (IF2016 2,252; Q2 Environmental Sciences)
Bandeira, V., Virgós, E., Barros, T., Cunha, M.V. & Fonseca, C. (2016) Geographic variation and sexual dimorphism in body size of Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon, Linnaeus, 1758) (Mammalia, Carnivora, Herpestidae) in the western limit of its European distribution.Zoologischer Anzeiger, 264, 1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.jcz.2016.06.001 (IF2016 1,200; Q2 Zoology)
Borges, A.C., Pereira, N.M., Franco, N., Vale, L., Pereira, M., Cunha, M.V., Amaro, A., Albuquerque, T. & Rebelo, M. (2016) Implementation of a zebrafish health program in a research facility: a four-year retrospective study.Zebrafish, 13(1), 115-126. DOI:10.1089/zeb.2015.1230 (IF2016 2,242; Q1 Zoology)