Joana Azeredo: is an Associate Professor with habilitation at the Department of Biological Engineering of the University of Minho and develops her research activity at the Centre of Biological Engineering, where she leads the Bacteriophage Biotechnology research Group. Her current research focuses on bacteriophage based biotechnological applications for pathogens detection and control.
Joana Azeredo was graduated in 1994 as Biological Engineer from the University of Minho and obtained a PhD in Microbial Technology from the University of Minho (1998). She developed pioneer studies in collaboration with Ian Sutherland (Univ. Edinburgh) on the characterization of the interaction of bacteriophages with biofilms and demonstrated the efficacy of bacteriophages against biofilms. She and her team have isolated and sequenced several new bacteriophages giving an important contribution to phage taxonomy and have demonstrated in vivo and in vitro the efficacy of bacteriophages and derived enzymes (endolysins and depolymerases) in controlling several human pathogens. She has been responsible for 2 European projects and 7 national projects related to the areas previously mentioned. She has supervised 15 completed PhD theses. She regularly serves as international expert project reviewer for national and international funding agencies and as peer-reviewer for international scientific journals. She has extensive publishing and editorial experience, both as an author (+150 international peer reviewed papers), member of editorial boards and editor of thematic issues and books. She hosts the International Hands-on-course phage biotechnology course held every two years in Braga, Portugal.