Research and Internationalization at the Porto Regional Center
Catholic University of Portugal
Title of talk
Contaminant antibiotic resistance in wastewater treatment plants: knowns and unknowns
Célia Manaia is currently Vice-President for Research and Internationalization at the Porto Regional Center of the Catholic University of Portugal, she is coordinator of the Microbiology Bachelor Degree and of 2nd Cycle of Studies (Masters) at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia and is General Secretary of the Portuguese Microbiology Society. Célia Manaia has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology. Her academic career includes a Bachelor and Doctoral degrees concluded at University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Habilitation obtained at the Catholic University in Porto. She teaches disciplines in areas of Microbiology and Genetics, transversal to the degrees of Microbiology, Nutrition Sciences and Bioengineering or their specialization branches. As a researcher, Celia Manaia is interested in the bacterial ecology in human-impacted environments, with particular emphasis on the spread of antibiotic resistance over the urban water cycle and the interface water-soil. The approaches most used combine culture-dependent and culture-independent methods on the study of the dynamics of bacterial communities and genetic elements. Under the topic of antibiotic resistance, she had collaborations with water treatment companies and in different national and international projects and initiatives: STARE (project leader, Water JPI), NEREUS (vice president, COST Action ES1403), ANSWERS (team member, European Commission Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, TN-ETN), NORMAN-WG5 (team member, NORMAN network), HEARD (member of the international committee, the National Science Foundation of USA).