She has a background in Biochemistry and Microbiology and teaches in the areas of Microbiology and Genetics. Her research interests focus on bacterial taxonomy, evolution and ecology, with special interest in human-environment interfaces and in the environmental dispersion of antibiotic resistant bacteria. She has integrated international consortia and worked with business and public entities (e. WHO, FAO, JRC-EU). She is currently vice-president of the Portuguese Society of Microbiology, member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, editor of the International Journal of Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology (Microbiology Society, UK) and Co-Editor- In-Chief of the journal Environmental Science: Advances (The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK).
Manaia, CM. (2022). Framework for establishing regulatory guidelines to control antibiotic resistance in treated effluents. Critical Reviews Environmental Science and Technology, 10.1080/10643389.2022.2085956
Rocha J, Henriques I, Gomila M, Manaia CM. Common and distinctive genomic features of Klebsiella pneumoniae thriving in the natural environment or in clinical settings. Sci Rep. 21;12(1):10441. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-14547-6.
Ferreira C, Abreu-Silva J, Manaia CM. The balance between treatment efficiency and receptor quality determines wastewater impacts on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance. J Hazard Mater. 2022 434:128933. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.128933.
Miłobedzka A, Ferreira C, Vaz-Moreira I, Calderón-Franco D, Gorecki A, Purkrtova S, Jan Bartacek, Dziewit L, Singleton CM, Nielsen PH, Weissbrodt DG, Manaia CM. Monitoring antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater environments: The challenges of filling a gap in the One-Health cycle. J Hazard Mater. 2022 ;424(Pt C):127407. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127407.
Pärnänen KMM, Narciso-da-Rocha C, Kneis D, Berendonk TU, Cacace D, Do TT, Elpers C, Fatta-Kassinos D, Henriques I, Jaeger T, Karkman A, Martinez JL, Michael SG, Michael-Kordatou I, O'Sullivan K, Rodriguez-Mozaz S, Schwartz T, Sheng H, Sørum H, Stedtfeld RD, Tiedje JM, Giustina SVD, Walsh F, Vaz-Moreira I, Virta M, Manaia CM. Antibiotic resistance in European wastewater treatment plants mirrors the pattern of clinical antibiotic resistance prevalence. Sci Adv. 2019 Mar 27;5(3):eaau9124. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9124.
Associate Professor with Habilitation