Carla C.C. R. de Carvalho Carla C.C. R. de Carvalho

Research Scientist



Research Scientist (Ciência 2007), IST , 2008-2013
Post-doctoral fellow, UFZ – Helmholtz Centre

for Environmental Research Leipzig and IST,

2007-February 2008
Post-doctoral fellow, IST, 2004-2006
Ph. D. in Biotechnology, IST, 2003
M. Sc. in Biotechnology (Biochemical Engineering), IST, 1999
Graduation in Chemical Engineering, IST, 1998


Research Activities


Mechanisms of resistance and adaptation of Gram-positive bacterial cells to toxic compounds (e.g. organic solvents, antibiotics and antineoplastic agents). Development of micro-reactors to study the application of the knowledge acquired on bacterial adaptation to biocatalysis, biotransformation, bioremediation and biomedicine processes.
Cellular adhesion mechanisms required to the formation of biofilms and the processes necessary to prevent and destroy biofilms.
Micro-reactor engineering to develop biocatalytic processes using whole cells of bacteria, in particular Rhodococcus strains, to produce compounds with potential interest to the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Development of fluorescence microscopy and image analysis techniques to monitor biological processes.

Selected Publications

Carla C. C. R. de Carvalho (2012) Adaptation of Rhodococcus erythropolis cells for growth and bioremediation under extreme conditions. Research in Microbiology. 163: 125-136.

Carla C.C.R. de Carvalho, Maria José Caramujo (2012) Lipids of prokaryotic origin at the base of marine food webs, Marine Drugs 10(12): 2698-2714.

Carla C.C.R. de Carvalho, Maria José Caramujo (2012) Tumour metastasis as an adaptation of tumour cells to fulfil their phosphorus requirements. Medical Hypotheses, 78(5): 664-667.

Marco P.C. Marques, Kieran Walshe, Sean Doyle, Pedro Fernandes, Carla C.C.R. de Carvalho (2012) Anchoring high-throughput screening methods to scale-up bioproduction of siderophores. Process Biochemistry, 47, 416-421.

Carla C.C.R. de Carvalho (2011) Enzymatic and whole cell catalysis: finding new strategies for old processes. Biotechnology Advances. 29(1):75-83.

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