Vânia Sofia de Sousa Bessa

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Vânia Sofia de Sousa Bessa


Academic qualifications:

Degree in Microbiology at Faculty of Biotechnology in Catholic Portuguese University
Master in Toxicology at Biology Department in Aveiro University (Portugal)


Main Research Areas:

Environmental Biotechnology; Toxicology; Microbiology; Biodegradation of recalcitrant     compounds; Bioreactors; Molecular Biology


Current position at the institution:

PhD student


Important functions:

Investigation of degradation of pharmaceutical compounds of emerging concern and development of sustainable technologies for their treatment



V.S. Bessa, I.S. Moreira, S. Murgolo, C. Piccirillo, J. Mascolo, P.M.L. Castro. 2018. Biodegradation of Diclofenac by the bacterial strain Labrys portucalensis F11. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 152: 104-113. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.01.040

V.S. Bessa, I.S. Moreira, 1, M.E. Tiritan, P.M.L. Castro. 2017. Enrichment of bacterial strains for the biodegradation of diclofenac and carbamazepine from activated sludge. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 120: 135-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2017.02.008

A.F. Duque, V.S. Bessa, and P.M.L. Castro. 2015. Characterization of the bacterial communities of aerobic granules in a 2-fluorophenol degrading process. Biotechnology Reports 5 (2015) 98–104. DOI 10.1016/j.btre.2014.12.007

A.F. Duque, V.S. Bessa, and P.M.L. Castro. 2013. Bacterial community dynamics in a rotating biological contactor treating 2-fluorophenol-containing wastewater. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s10295-013-1381-4

A.F. Duque, V.S. Bessa, M.F. Carvalho, M.K. de Kreuk, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht and P.M.L. Castro. 2011. 2-Fluorophenol degradation by aerobic granular sludge in a sequencing batch reactor. Water Research 45:6745-6752. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.10.033


Researcher Center

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Academic CV