Tiago
Afonso
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DP_AEM student
Centro de Engenharia Biológica (CEB)
Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering (CEB)
2016-2020
Nelson Lima
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Phd Thesis

Water Biofilm Modulation by Fungi

The main challenge to the drinking water (DW) industry is to deliver a product that is microbiologically and chemically safe, aesthetically pleasing and adequate in quantity and delivery pressure. Biofilms constitute one of the major microbial problems in DW distribution systems (DWDS) that most contributes to the deterioration of water quality. However, their elimination from DWDS is almost impossible, but several parameters can be manipulated in order to prevent and control their growth. Fungi are excellent candidates for DW biofilm formation but this aspect is still poorly understood and even less is known about inter-kingdom biofilms involving fungi and bacteria.The purpose of this project is to understand the role of fungi on DW biofilm formation and behaviour. Alterations in the gene expression of the microorganism’s will also be studied as well as the effects of fungi-bacteria interactions in a control context with a DW disinfectant.

Publication and Meetings

Peer-Reviewd International Journals

 Costa MS, Rego A, Ramos V, Afonso TB, Freitas S, Preto M, Lopes V, Vasconcelos V, Magalhães C, Leão PN (2016) The conifer biomarkers dehydroabietic and abietic acids are widespread in Cyanobacteria. Scientific Reports 6:23436. DOI: 10.1038/srep23436.

Afonso TB, Costa MS, Rezende de Castro R, Freitas S, Silva A, Schneider MP, Martins R, Leao PN (2016). Bartolosides E-K from a marine coccoid cyanobacterium. Journal of Natural Products. 2016, 79, 2504?2513. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00351

 

§  1st Joint Workshop of the PhD Programs in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (DP_AEM) and Molecular and Environmental Biology (PDBMA); 26–30 September 2016, Campus de Gualtar, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

§  2nd Joint BIOTECnico and AEM PhD PROGRAMS WORKSHOP; February 15-16, 2017, Instituto Superior Técnico, Campus Alameda, Lisbon, Portugal.

§  2nd Joint Workshop of the PhD Programs in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (DP_AEM) and Molecular and Environmental Biology (PDBMA); 25–29 September 2017, Campus de Gualtar, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. (Oral presentation: Water Biofilm Modulation by Fungi)

§  3rd Joint BIOTECnico and AEM PhD PROGRAMS WORKSHOP; June 11-12, 2018, Instituto Superior Técnico, Campus Alameda, Lisbon, Portugal. (Oral presentation: Inter-kingdom biofilm formation between bacteria and filamentous fungi isolated from a drinking water distribution system)

§  7th Workshop of the Doctoral Program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology; September 24-27, 2018, Campus de Gualtar, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Afonso, T.B., Simões, L.C., Lima, N. Inter-kingdom biofilm formation between bacteria and filamentous fungi isolated from a drinking water distribution system. MicroBiotec17, December 7th-9th, 2017, Porto, Portugal.

 

CEB Scientific Annual Meeting 2017. University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 6th of July 2017.

Simões, L.C., Afonso, T., Paterson, R. & Lima, N. (2017) The Role of Filamentous Fungi in the Inter-Kingdom Complex Association of Water Biofilms. In: Boosk of Absracts of CEB Annual Meeting 2017 (Ed: E.C. Ferreira) Universidade do Minho, Centro de Engenharia Biológica, p. 27. ISBN: 978-989-97478-8-3. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1822/46213

 

Participation in the "Cientista por 1 dia!" activity organized at University of MInho (21st November 2018, CEB-Braga)

Training

Confocal Microscopy Short Course. University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 22 - 23 May 2017.

Communication skills (course level 1). University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 29th of September 2016.

Communication skills (course level 2). University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, February – July 2017.