Sofia Anastácio (Anastácio S.)
PhD Student
Group at CNC

Graduation in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (1998).

MSc in Health Promotion and Education at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (2005).

Co-Head of Department of Microbiology at Laboratório de Medicina Veterinária (2005-2011).

Head of Department of Molecular Biology at Laboratório de Medicina Veterinária (2007-2011).

Teacher of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama since 2002.



Area of Research: 

My scientific activity has been developed in the field of epidemiology and diagnosis of infectious diseases, particularly studying topics related to animal and public health. I have collaborated in researching teams studying Leptospira infection in cattle and dogs and Leishmania infection in dogs. I also have developed some research concerning to Escherichia coli in farm animals with the analysis of infecting serotypes and antimicrobial resistance developed by field strains.
My specialization is focused in the epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis of animal infectious diseases, which includes different areas such as microbiology, parasitology, molecular biology and immunology.
Some preliminary studies conducted on Q fever in ruminants highlighted the importance of this infection in Portugal. So, considering the limited knowledge about its occurrence in our country and its zoonotic impact we expect to contribute to a better understanding of the epidemiology of Q fever.

Research Summary:
Selected Publications: 

- Pimenta L., Alegria N., Anastácio S., Sidi-Boumedine K., da Silva G.J., Martins A., Simões J. (2015).Prevalence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies in Portuguese dairy cattle herds. Journal of Tropical Animal Health and Production, 47, 227-230. (IF 0.817)

- Anastácio S., Carolino N., Sidi-Boumedine K., da Silva G.J. (2014). Q fever dairy herd status determination based on serological and molecular analysis of bulk tank milk. Transboundary and emerging diseases. doi:10.1111/tbed.12275 (IF 2.944)

- Soares C., Sousa S., Anastácio S., Matias G., Marquês I., Mascarenhas S., Vieira M.J., Madeira de Carvalho L.M., Otranto D. 2013. Feline thelaziosis caused by Thelazia callipaeda in Portugal. Veterinary Parasitology, 196, 528–531. (IF 2.460)

- Anastácio S., Tavares N., Carolino N., Sidi-Boumedine K., da Silva G.J. (2013). Serological evidence of exposure to Coxiella burnetii in small ruminants in central Portugal. Veterinary Microbiology, 167, 500-505. (IF 2.511)


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