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Research interests

My previous research interests covered the ecology, diversity and taxonomy of microorganisms, particularly fungi. More recently, I have been working in topics related to the epidemiology and development of novel diagnostic tools for pathogenic organisms, medical mycology and the study of the Human mycobiome. I aim to develop a successfully research line in our school to advance the challenging field of medical mycology. I am particularly interested in studying the epidemiology and therapeutic approaches of unusual and neglected fungal diseases.

Scholarly biography

I hold a degree in chemistry and a PhD in biology/microbiology by NOVA University (Lisbon, Portugal), and I completed a PGcert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Brighton. I have worked as lecturer and researcher at several institutions, including the Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Veterinary Research Institute, and I now work as senior lecturer of microbiology at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton.

Approach to teaching

I teach pharmaceutical and medical microbiology subjects to undergraduate students of pharmacy and other undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I like to unveil relevant case studies and results of my own research while teaching, which I believe expands the interest of the subjects and the engagement of students. I hope that my students are enquiring and creative, and that they make my life difficult by raising questions and initiating discussions pertinent to the subjects taught.

Supervisory Interests

I am willing to supervise Post-Graduate projects in the broad field of medical and pharmaceutical microbiology, with a particular emphasis for projects involving clinically-relevant fungi.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Brighton


PhD, NOVA University Lisbon


NOVA University Lisbon


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Yeasts Medicine & Life Sciences
Portugal Medicine & Life Sciences
yeasts Agriculture & Biology
aprepitant Medicine & Life Sciences
yeast Earth & Environmental Sciences
Oligonucleotide Probes Medicine & Life Sciences
Ribosomal DNA Medicine & Life Sciences
Cryptococcus Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

Genotypes and population genetics of cryptococcus neoformans and cryptococcus gattii species complexes in Europe and the mediterranean area

Cogliati, M., Desnos-Ollivier, M., McCormick-Smith, I., Rickerts, V., Ferreira-Paim, K., Meyer, W., Boekhout, T., Hagen, F., Theelen, B., Inácio, J., Alonso, B., Colom, M. F., Trilles, L., Montagna, M. T., De Donno, A., Susever, S., Ergin, C., Velegraki, A., Ellabib, M. S., Nardoni, S. & 17 others, Macci, C., Trovato, L., Dipineto, L., Akcaglar, S., Mlinaric-Missoni, E., Bertout, S., Vencá, A. C. F., Sampaio, A. C., Criseo, G., Ranque, S., Çerikçioğlu, N., Marchese, A., Vezzulli, L., Ilkit, M., Pasquale, V., Polacheck, I. & Lockhart, S. R., 3 Apr 2019, In : Fungal Genetics and Biology. 129, p. 16-29 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cryptococcus gattii
Cryptococcus neoformans
Population Genetics

Rare and undersampled dimorphic basidiomycetes

Kachalkin, A. V., Turchetti, B., Inacio Silva, J., Carvalho, C., Mašínová, T., Pontes, A., Röhl, O., Glushakova, A. M., Akulov, A., Baldrian, P., Begerow, D., Buzzini, P., Sampaio, J. P. & Yurkov, A. M., 25 Jun 2019, In : Mycological Progress. 18, 7, p. 945-971 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

new species

Commensalism: The case of the human zymobiome

Inácio, J. & Daniel, H. M., 6 Oct 2017, Yeasts in Natural Ecosystems: Ecology. Springer International Publishing, p. 211-228 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter


Development and evaluation of a two-step multiplex TaqMan real-time PCR assay for detection/quantification of different genospecies of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato

Nunes, M., Parreira, R., Carreira, T., Inacio Silva, J. & Vieira, M. L., 11 Sep 2017, In : Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. 9, 2, p. 176-182 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Borrelia burgdorferi Group
Borrelia burgdorferi
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Lyme Disease

Draft genome sequence of a rare pigmented Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis Type C strain

Barbosa, P., Leao, C., Usie, A., Amaro, A., Botelho, A., Pinto, C., Inacio Silva, J., Stevenson, K. & Ramos, A., 12 Oct 2017, In : Genome Announcements. 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis
Mycobacterium avium
Genome Size