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Landscape Epidemiology and Wildlife Diseases

André Pereira

PhD Student

André Conceição Pereira holds a BSc. in Biology and MSc. in Applied Microbiology by Faculdade de Ciências,  University of Lisbon. His MSc. dissertation, under the supervision of Mónica V. Cunha, was devoted to the theme“Understanding the cross-talk between microbiota, hostfitness, and the environment using Egyptian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) as a model". In 2018, he started his Ph.D. studies with in the Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems (CSES) - Landscape Epidemiology and Wildlife Diseases Subgroup of cE3c. He is dedicated to the project "Incorporating the genomic signature of environmental Mycobacterium bovis into transmission models of animal tuberculosis under a phylodynamics conceptual framework", under the supervision of Prof. Mónica V. Cunha (Ph.D.). The project aims are: (1) the development of a breakthrough methodology that allows detection, identification, and sorting of viable environmental Mycobacterium bovis, the etiological agent of animal tuberculosis (TB); (2) whole-genome amplification and sequencing of recovered bacteria; (3) incorporation of environmental M.bovis phylodynamics,in parallel with clinical M.bovis isolates’, into eco-epidemiological models of animal TB. Mechanistic insight into the environmental component of infection will be valuable to fully understand its weight in disease maintenance and inform control choices.


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