Alexandre Almeida

Alexandre Almeida
ESPOD Postdoctoral Fellow - Finn research group

I took a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Forensic Genetics at the University of Porto, Portugal. Then, I carried out my PhD in the group of Philippe Glaser at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. My thesis focused on studying the genomic evolution and host adaptation of the bacterium group B Streptococcus, using both computational and experimental approaches. Now, I am an EBI-Sanger Postodoctoral (ESPOD) fellow under the supervision of Rob Finn (EMBL-EBI) and Nick Thomson (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute). My current research goals are to bridge the gap between the bioinformatics, microbiology and immunology fields, making a concerted effort to look at how the microbiome interacts with the human host in the context of health and disease. I will be applying metagenomic tools to discover and characterize new candidate species with important functional roles, while developing an experimental approach harnessing the host immune system to look at immunologically-relevant microbial communities.

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8803-0893

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