Adelaide Almeida is a Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Biology (Dbio) of the University of Aveiro (UA), where she got her PhD degree, in 2001, and her Habilitation in 2015.
She taught in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is a the Director of the Master in Applied Biology and is member of the board of the Degree in Biology and Geology, Master in Microbiology and Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has been in charge of the supervision of 118 undergraduate students and 104 graduate students (3 Researchers, 7 Post-docs, 14 PhD students, 80 MSc).
She is/has participated in 40 national and international research projects, as coordinator of 4 and coordinator at the UA of other 4. Over the last years she placed great emphasis on the development of new technologies, namely phage therapy and photodynamic therapy, alternatives to conventional antimicrobial methods to inactivate pathogenic microorganisms. The results obtained have clearly shown that these new technologies have the potential to prevent/treat infections, even in situations where conventional chemotherapy methods (such as antibiotics) are not effective and can thus contribute to lightening the well-known problem of developing bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of Plos One Journal, Frontiers in Environmental Science, Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, SM Journal of Hepatitis Research, Open Medicine Journal, Microorganisms, and Antibiotics. She has been also a regular reviewer for other scientific journals and acted as peer reviewer of projects and grants for international financing agencies.
She was member of the organizing committee of 8 scientific meetings and of 5 advanced courses. She has also chaired some sessions in international meetings and presented more than 140 oral communications, 32 as invited speaker. She was inventor of 2 patents and published 3 books, 15 book chapters, 3 theses, 186 scientific papers in ISI journals. These scientific papers were cited around 3100 times in the ISI Web of Science search, corresponding to an H factor of 31, and around 3300 times in the SCOPUS search, corresponding to an H factor of 33.
She is an officer of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Photobiology and belongs to other 3 Scientific and Professional Associations. She is a member of the Pedagogical Council of the University of Aveiro, integrating the Permanent Commission for Cooperation and Innovation, and is a member of the Department Council of the DBio. She is responsible for the Laboratory of Applied Microbiology and Laboratory of Radioisotopes of the DBio of the UA. She is the coordinator of thematic line Environmental Biology & Health (EBH) of the Associated Laboratory Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences (CESAM) and the coordinator of the Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology Laboratory of this Center, integrating the Extended Coordination Committee of this Center.