Catarina Silva Simão de Oliveira

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Catarina Silva Simão de Oliveira

Catarina SS Oliveira holds a Ph.D in Chemical and Biological Engineering with specialisation in Environmental Technology by a sandwich project between University of Minho, PT and CINVESTAV-IPN, MX (2012), and a 5-year B.Sc. in Biological Engineering (Specialisation in Pollution Control) by School of Engineering of University of Minho, PT (2004). She is a Senior Researcher in the Alchemy Project (an ESB-UCP and Amyris Inc. joint-collaboration project at UCP), working in the economic valorisation of residues/by-products from Amyris industrial fermentations, through fractionation and purification of components of interest, aiming the development of innovative products for food, animal feed, agricultural, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications.

Previously, Catarina has worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at UBICIO/Requimte, FCT NOVA, PT (2012-2018), focussing on the valorisation of several agro-industrial residues/by-products through the production of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymers or biogas. She has been actively involved as team member in a total of 10 national and international-European projects, co-authored 17 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, and has been involved in the supervision/co-supervision of researchers, master and bachelor students.




Oliveira CSSc.a., Silva CE, Carvalho G, Reis MAM (2017). Strategies for efficiently selecting PHA producing mixed microbial cultures using complex feedstocks: feast and famine regime and uncoupled carbon and nitrogen availabilities. New Biotechnology 37(Part A):69-79. doi:10.1016/j.nbt.2016.10.008

Oliveira CSS c.a., Silva MOD, Silva CE, Carvalho G, Rei MAM (2018). Assessment of Protein-Rich Cheese Whey Waste Stream as a Nutrients Source for Low-Cost Mixed Microbial PHA Production. Applied Sciences 8(10):1817. doi:10.3390/app8101817

Oliveira CSS, Duque AF, Carmo ITD, Gouveia AR, Pardelha F, Ramos AM, Reis MAM (2014). Response of a three-stage process for PHA production by mixed microbial cultures to feedstock shift: Impact  on polymer composition. New Biotechnology 31(4):276-388. doi:10.1016/j.nbt.2013.10.010)

Palmeiro-Sánchez T, Oliveira CSS, Gouveia AR, Noronha JP, Ramos AM, Mosquera-Corral A, Reis MAM (2016). NaCl presence and purification affect the properties of mixed culture PHAs. European Polymer Journal 85:256-265. doi:10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.10.035

Carvalho G, Pedras I, Karst SM, Oliveira CSS, Duque AF, Nielsen PH, Reis MAM (2018). Functional redundancy ensures performance robustness in 3-stage PHA-producing mixed cultures under variable feed operation. New Biotechnology 40(PartB):207-217. doi:10.1016/j.nbt.2017.08.007

Researcher Center

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Researcher type

Post Doc

Academic CV