Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: Sandra Isabel
Surnames: Silva Damas Cabo Verde
Born: 26/11/1975, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

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  • 2007 – PhD in Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.
  • 1998 – Graduation in Applied Chemistry/Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon.

Professional Positions

  • Since July 2009 - Scientific Researcher (contract), Group of Radiation Technologies: Processes and Products, Unit of Physics and Accelerators, ITN, Sacavém, Portugal (ITN became part of the Technical University in March 2012, adopting the short name IST/ITN). Supervision: Dr. Maria Luísa Botelho.

Fellowships and Training

  • 09/2008-12/2008 – POR/07004 IAEA Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Dr. Jan Vinjé.
  • Since 12/2007 – Post-doc fellowship SFRH/BPD/37015/2007 in Virology, Science Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/MCTES), Faculty of Pharmacy - Oporto University/Nuclear and Technological Institute, Prof. Maria São José Nascimento.
  • 04/2006-11/2007 – Research Fellowship, Nuclear and Technological Institute.
  • 03/2001-03/2006 – PhD fellowship BD/2942/2000 in Microbiology, Science Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/MCTES), Faculty of Sciences-University of Lisbon/Nuclear and Technological Institute, Prof. Rogério Tenreiro and Doctor Maria Luísa Botelho.
  • 10/2004-11/2004 – POR/08/010 IAEA Fellowship, Department of Clinical Microbiology - Uppsala University, Sweden, Prof. Prof. Eva Hjelm and Dr. Björn Herrman.
  • 09/1999-02/2001 – Research Fellowship, Nuclear and Technological Institute, Doctor Maria Luisa Botelho.

Scientific Specialization

  • Radiomicrobiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Risk Analysis.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Research and development in Virology field: to implement and validate methods for the concentration and detection of human noroviruses and adenoviruses in wastewater/ human risk exposure to enteric viruses. Elimination/Inactivation kinetics of viruses - new product applications (e.g. tissue banking).
  • Impact of ionizing radiation in the microflora of environmental samples (eg. wastewater, food)/ kinetics inactivation studies.
  • Development and validation of methodologies for the determination of the Sterilization Dose of products (e.g. pharmaceutical, environmental).
  • Evaluation of Microbiological Indoor Air Quality (e.g. Pharmaceutical Industries, Hospitals)/detection of critical control points.
  • Detection of potential pathogenic microorganisms (e.g. Salmonella spp., Campylobacter spp., Legionella spp.) in environmental samples (food, wastewater, air) by conventional and molecular biology methods.
  • Microbial diversity in environmental samples – Phenotypic and Genotypic characterization of heterogeneous microbial populations / identification of sources and vectors of contamination.

Teaching Activities

  • Since 2002 – Invited lessons about Radiation Technologies Applications in the scope of Microbial Biotechnology discipline, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Lisbon.

Scientific Works

  • PhD Thesis "Assessment of HACCP, Irradiation Technologies and molecular methods in the hygienic-sanitary control of Salmonella e Campylobacter spp. in shell eggs", Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Lisbon.
  • Author and co-author of: 5 original publications in Refereed Journals.
  • 4 chapters in books.
  • 8 oral presentations to national and international meetings.

Participation in Projects

  • "Fungal diversity on historical documents: molecular identification and implementation of control strategies for the preservation of the archivist patrimony". PTDC/HAH/65262/2006. Coordinator: António Portugal (Coimbra University).
  • "Upgrading and modernization of the Radiation Technology Unit of the Nuclear and Technological Institute". REEQ/996/BIO/2005. Coordinator: Maria Luísa Botelho (ITN).
  • "Estratégias biotecnológicas para o tratamento de doenças infecciosas: direccionamento intracelular de antibióticos e oligonucleotídeos via lipossomas" BIOSTRAT/P0068 / POCTI/2.3. Coordinator: Sérgio Simões (Bluepharma S.A.).
  • "Study of the microbiological environment of the surgical rooms of the Portuguese Military Hospital for the prevention of nosocomial infections". PIDDAC /LPM/MDN/2003. Coordinator: Pet Mezarello (Military Laboratory of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Products).
  • "Implementation of Wastewater Treatment using Radiation". IAEA POR/08/010. Coordinator: Maria Luísa Botelho/ITN.
  • "Impact of electron beam and gamma radiation on wastewater treatment: comparative studies". IAEA Coordinate Research Project POR-12017. Coordinator: Maria Luísa Botelho (ITN).

Selected Publications

  • Implementation of ionizing radiation on wastewater treatment: the Portuguese study case. M.L. Botelho, J. Branco, C. Freitas, P. Ferreira, A. Belchior, A. Costa, Í. De Sousa, L. Alves, L. Machado, P. Matos. Cordeiro, R. Melo, R. Ribeiro, R. Zeinou, S. Cabo Verde, et al, Radiation Treatment of Polluted Water and Wastewater, IAEA TECDOC-1598, 141 (2008).
  • Gamma radiation induced effects on slaughterhouse wastewater treatment. Melo, R., Cabo Verde, S., et al., Radiation Physics and Chemistry 77, 98 (2008).
  • Radiosterilization of Antibiotic Liposome Formulations – a case study. Botelho, M. L., Cabo Verde, S., et al. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 76, 1542 (2007).
  • Food irradiation: microbiological, nutritional and functional assessment. Pinto, P., Cabo Verde, S., et al, Radionuclide Concentrations in Food and the Environment, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 411 (2006).
  • Foodborne agents and bioterrorism prevention – a Portuguese case study on ionizing irradiation. Cabo Verde, S., et al, Radiation Inactivation of Bioterrorism Agents, Series I: Life and Behavioural Sciences, NATO Science Series, Vol. 365, 193 (2005).
  • Detection and prevention of bioterrorism agents – Portuguese case studies. Botelho, M. L., Cabo Verde, S., et al, Radiation Inactivation of Bioterrorism Agents, Series I: Life and Behavioural Sciences, NATO Science Series, Vol. 365, 187 (2005).
  • Sanitation of chicken eggs by ionising radiation: HACCP and inactivation studies. Cabo Verde, S., et al., Radiation Physics and Chemistry 71, 29 (2004).
  • Sanitation of chicken eggs by ionising radiation: functional and nutritional assessment. Pinto, P., Ribeiro, R., Sousa, L., Cabo Verde, S., et al. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 71, 35 (2004).
  • Intrinsic resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to clarithromycin is effectively reversed by sub-inhibitory concentrations of cell wall inhibitors. Bosne-David, S.; Barros, V., Cabo Verde, S., et al, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 46, 391 (2000).