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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

Award Date: 20 Apr 2019

University of Brighton


Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

PhD, NOVA University Lisbon


Award Date: 1 Oct 2003

NOVA University Lisbon


Award Date: 1 Jun 1997

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Research Output

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

Open Access
  • 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

    Open Access
  • 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
  • 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