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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. 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 endemic tropical neglected fungal diseases.

Scholarly biography

Joao holds a degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Biology–Microbiology from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and completed a PGcert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at University of Brighton. His previous research interests covered the ecology, diversity, and clinical relevance of microorganisms. More recently, research activities focused on the development of novel diagnostic tools for infectious diseases. Joao has worked as lecturer and researcher at several institutions, including the Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), and the Veterinary Research Institute (INIAV), where he coordinated and taught modules in the fields of medical microbiology and molecular diagnostics. Joao currently works as a 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 postgraduate courses. I also contribute to the teaching of microbiology in other courses of the school. I like to unveil relevant case studies and results of my own research while teaching, which I believe expands the interest of the taught subjects and the engagement of students. I hope that my students are enquiring and creative, and that they make life difficult for the lecturer by raising questions and initiating discussions pertinent to the subjects taught.

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 2017

Commensalism: The case of the human zymobiome

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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 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 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis
Mycobacterium avium
Genome Size

Fundamental niche prediction of the pathogenic yeasts cryptococcus neoformans and cryptococcus gattii in europe

Cogliati, M., Puccianti, E., Montagna, M. T., De Donno, A., Susever, S., Ergin, C., Velegraki, A., Ellabib, M. S., Nardoni, S. & Inacio Silva, J. 15 Sep 2017 19, 10, p. 4318-4325 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cryptococcus neoformans
Open Access
Pharmacy Students
Microbial Drug Resistance
Anti-Bacterial Agents
R Factors