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Dr Maria Salomé Gião Teixeira de Carvalho Licenciatura, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Maria Salomé Gião Teixeira de Carvalho is Research Fellow within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career history

2008-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Environmental Healthcare Unit, University of Southampton, UK.
2001-2004: Research Fellow. Biofilm Group, University of Minho, Portugal.
1995-2000: "Licenciatura" in Biological Engineering. Pollution Control branch, University of Minho, Portugal.

Academic qualifications

2004-2008: PhD Chemical and Biological Engineering. University of Minho and University of Southampton, UK.
2001-2004: MSc in Environmental Technology. University of Minho, Portugal.


Research interests

BioliSME is an European project that aims to develop a device to quickly detect Listeria monocytogenes on food industry surfaces. The University of Southampton is the partner responsible for the biofilm studies. Therefore, the first part of my work is to grow L. monocytogenes biofilms of different ages in different nutrient environments, at different temperatures to optimise the conditions of biofilm formation, and test the ability of several L. monocytogenes strains (isolated from different industries – e.g. meat or cheese production) to form biofilms. It is also aimed to test different materials commonly used as food industry surfaces as substrata to L. monocytogenes biofilms.

In a second part of the project it is aimed to study the attachment and detachment forces of L. monocytogenes cells to stainless steel surfaces. For that a radial flow cell device will be used at several flow rates and mathematical models will be used to calculate the shear forces necessary to attach or remove L. monocytogenes cells from those surfaces.

Supervisor: Professor Bill Keevil

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Research project(s)

BioliSME II: Demonstration, validation and preliminary promotion of a commercial prototype speedy system for sampling and detecting Listeria monocytogenes

The objective of the work developed by the partner University of Southampton is to firstly optimize the formation of L. monocytogenes biofilms and then conduct experiments to calculate the detachment forces required to remove L. monocytogenes biofilms.

Dr Maria Salomé Gião Teixeira de Carvalho
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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