Volunteer: Ivone Vaz-Moreira
Ivone Vaz-Moreira was born in Portugal and received the B. Sc. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with a specialization in Microbiology from the Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal in 2012. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at Portuguese Catholic University, where for more than 10 years, she has been working in bacterial ecology and antibiotic resistance in the environment. Her research is focused in Environmental Microbiology, associated with aquatic habitats and their intersections with soil/sediments, plants, animals, and finally humans – including the study of the bacterial diversity with particular emphasis on the urban water cycle and the potential of antibiotic resistance dissemination from aquatic environments. She has also collaborated in many taxonomy studies, having been considered one of the ten bacterial taxonomists in Portugal in 2014.
FEMS Microbes are excited to present their latest thematic issue, focusing on bacterial-viral co-infections. Host and microbial factors are critically important for influencing the severity and outcome of infection. Interactions between microbes is an understudied yet important aspect to this process.