Célia M. Manaia


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 diversity and ecology of bacteria in human-impacted areas, and has applied her investigation in contributing to unveil and control the threatening human-health problem posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria, in particular those behaving as environmental contaminants. Célia Manaia is currently Vice-President for Research and Internationalization at the Porto Regional Center of the Catholic University of Portugal, 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.




Manaia, C.M. (2017). Assessing the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission from the Environment to Humans: Non-Direct Proportionality Between Abundance and Risk. Trends in Microbiology, 25(3):173-181

Varela, A.R., Nunes, O.C., Manaia, C.M. (2016). Quinolone resistant Aeromonas spp. as carriers and potential tracers of acquired antibiotic resistance in hospital and municipal wastewater. Science of the Total Environment. 542(Pt A):665-71

Berendonk, TU, Manaia, CM, Merlin, CM, Fatta-Kassinos, D, Cytryn, E, Walsh, F, Bürgmann, H, Sørum, H, Norström, M, Pons, MN, Kreuzinger, N, Huovinen, P, Stefani, S, Schwartz, T, Kisand, V, Baquero, F, Martinez, JL.Tackling antibiotic resistance: the environmental framework. Nature Reviews Microbiology.13 (5):310-317

Vaz-Moreira, I., Nunes, O. C., and Manaia, C. M. 2014. Bacterial diversity and antibiotic resistance in water habitats: searching the links with the human microbiome. FEMS Microbiology Reviews. 38:761-78

Novo A., André, S., Viana, P., Nunes, O.C., Manaia, C.M. 2013. Antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial residues and bacterial community composition in urban wastewater. Water Research 4 7: 1 8 7 5 -1 8 8 7.


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Academic CV
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Thesis as Advisor


Associate Professor with Habilitation
Faculty of Biotechnology

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)