Célia M. Manaia

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Célia M. Manaia


Celia Manaia research interests include the study of the diversity and ecology of bacteria in human-impacted areas, with special emphasis on the potential impacts of antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes as environmental contaminants. The importance of municipal and hospital wastewater, the influence of the treatment processes, as well the tracing of possible antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes have been main research issues. The international and inter-laboratory antibiotic resistance monitoring in water environments, aiming at the development of surveillance schemes has also been an issue of interest.

Célia Manaia is an associate professor at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology and teaches in the areas of Microbiology and Genetics. Currently, she is Vice-President for Research and Internationalization at the Porto Regional Center of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and she is member of the Direction Board of the Portuguese Society of Microbiology.




Berendonk TU, Manaia CM, Merlin C, 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. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2015 May;13(5):310-7. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro3439. Epub 2015 Mar 30. PMID: 25817583.

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. PMID: 30944853; PMCID: PMC6436925.

Manaia CM, Rocha J, Scaccia N, Marano R, Radu E, Biancullo F, Cerqueira F, Fortunato G, Iakovides IC, Zammit I, Kampouris I, Vaz-Moreira I, Nunes OC. Antibiotic resistance in wastewater treatment plants: Tackling the black box. Environ Int. 2018 Jun;115:312-324. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.03.044. Epub 2018 Apr 5. PMID: 29626693.

Manaia CM. Assessing the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission from the Environment to Humans: Non-Direct Proportionality between Abundance and Risk. Trends Microbiol. 2017 Mar;25(3):173-181. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2016.11.014. Epub 2016 Dec 21. PMID: 28012687.

Narciso-da-Rocha C, Rocha J, Vaz-Moreira I, Lira F, Tamames J, Henriques I, Martinez JL, Manaia CM. Bacterial lineages putatively associated with the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in a full-scale urban wastewater treatment plant. Environ Int. 2018 Sep;118:179-188. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.05.040. Epub 2018 Jun 5. PMID: 29883764.


Associate Professor with Habilitation

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