Lina Cavaco

Lina Cavaco

Senior researcher

Henrik Dams Alle, Building 204, Room 051

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Denmark

Phone: 35886269

Fax: 35886341

Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is an increasingly important issue, both in human and animal health. Emergence and selection of resistance are found related to the use of antimicrobial drugs and results of monitoring and research results indicate that the emergence and spread might be conditioned by antimicrobial use, locally, but can also be spread by trade to a global scale.

I am a Portuguese Veterinarian and worked previously in Diagnaostic of bacterial diseases in livestock. Since 2005 I live in Denmark and I have proceeded my PhD studies and now I work at FOOD-DTU as a Senior Researcher. My main research fields is Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria (including mostly zoonotic pathogens) and I have been researching on selection of resistances by use of antimicrobial substances in the animal population, with special focus on mostly with quinolone and beta-lactam resistance mechanisms in Enterobacteriaceae, and more recently on methicilllin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).


Futhermore, I am since 2008 also involved in the group promoting international activites which are related to The National Food Institutes role as WHO collaborating centre (WHO CC) and Community Reference Laboratory (EURL-AR) for the European Commision. I have therefore been responsible for the planning and execution of ring trials at the European level (EURL external quality assurance systems) in MRSA identification and typing and have been involved in the organization and teaching of training courses related to EURL and WHO activities.

Additionally, I am course responsible for the course General Medical Microbiology  23258 and  take part on  the organization and teaching of the course Fighting infectious Diseases 23205, and teach as guest teacher on the course "Pharmaceutical Drug Development" 26436 at DTU.

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Education

- 2000 DVM, graduated by Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária, Lisboa (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, FMV) - Technical University of Lisbon (UTL)
- 2003 MSc in Veterinary Public Health - FMV/UTL
- PhD by the Faculty of Life Sciences - The University of Copenhagen

Academic grades

PhD

MSc

DVM

Languages

English (fluent), French (reading ability good, speaking ability moderate), German (reading ability fluent, speaking ability good), Danish (moderate), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (reading ability fluent, speaking ability good)

International experience

Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is an increasingly important issue, both in human and animal health. Emergence and selection of resistance are found related to the use of antimicrobial drugs and results of monitoring and research results indicate that the emergence and spread might be conditioned by antimicrobial use, locally, but can also be spread by trade to a global scale.

I am a Portuguese Veterinarian and worked previously in Diagnostic of bacterial diseases in livestock. Since 2005 I live in Denmark and I have proceeded my PhD studies and now I work at FOOD-DTU as a Project Researcher. My main research fields is Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria (including mostly zoonotic pathogens) and I have been researching on selection of resistances by use of antimicrobial substances in the animal population, with special focus on mostly with quinolone and beta-lactam resistance mechanisms in Enterobacteriaceae, and more recently on methicilllin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Furthermore, I am since 2008 also involved in the group promoting international activites which are related to The National Food Institutes role as WHO collaborating centre (WHO CC) and Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) for the European Commision. I have therefore been responsible for the planning and execution of ring trials at the European level (EURL-AR external quality assurance systems) in MRSA identification and typing and have been involved in the organization and teaching of training courses related to EURL-AR and WHO activities.

Other information

Post-graduation courses

UDTU- DTU Learning lab- expected conclusion June 2014

 PhD supervision methods and tools, Dec 2014

Intensive Program (IP) “Healthy animals for food production: an European Perspective”- III Course on “Quality assurance of meat products”, FMV/UTL, Lisbon, 17-28.April.2001 (3ECTS)

- Risk Assessment, FMV/UTL, Lisbon, 9-10.July. 2001

III Course on Laboratory Animal Science; FELASA Level C; CIISA/FMV/UTL, Utrecht University, Lisbon, 2-12.November.2004. (80 hours course- 8 ECTS)

- Introduction to Access, KVL, Copenhagen, 2006.

- How to search for literature, KVL, Copenhagen, 2006.

- PhD course on Statistics for Veterinarians, KVL Copenhagen, April- June 2006 (9ECTS)

- PhD course on Infection Microbiology, KVL Copenhagen, June 2006 (12 ECTS)

- Pharmacokinetics for non specialists. Copenhagen 3-5th July 2006.

- Marie Curie application workshop on Marie Curie Fellowships under the EU PEOPLE programme. Copenhagen 26 June 2007

- MEDVETNET training course WP21: Molecular detection and characterization of multi resistant Enterobacteriaceae; Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London, UK, 26-30 November 2007.

- Academic writing Course; AIS Sprog, Faculty of Life Sciences KU, 24-Jan-28 February 2008.

 

 

Prizes and Grants awarded:

- Eukanuba Eurocontest “Best of Class in Nutrition”, Marbella, September 1996.
- Merit Scholarship from the Technical University of Lisbon, 1997/98.
- “Prémio Inácio Ribeiro” by Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências Veterinárias in 2000.
- Marie Curie Fellowship for PhD in EST TRAINAU, June 2005.
- Waiving registration at ECCMID 2007
- Travel grant SSAC 2007


Member of the following Professional and Scientific Associations:
- Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários (Portuguese Veterinary Chamber)
- Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários
- Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências Veterinárias
- American Society for Microbiology
- Scandinavian Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy


Professional Experience:

From 1st March 2012 until to date work as Senior Scientist at the Research group for Antimicrobial resistance and molecular genomics at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


From 1: October 2008 until to Feb 2012 date-Working as Post doc at the Research group for antimicrobial resistance and molecular epidemiology at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

From: 1 Oct 05 until 30 Set 2008)- PhD student at the TRAINAU Early Stage training site with a Marie Curie Fellowship, working at the LIFE-Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, at the Danish National Food Institute, DTU and at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. Developing a project in antimicrobial resistance entitiled ”In vitro and in vivo models for investigating the impact of different veterinary treatment strategies on development of antimicrobial resistance” Supervisors: Luca Guardabassi, Frank Aarestrup and Co-supervisor: Niels Frimodt-Møller. Participation in teaching at LIFE.

From 1-09-00 until 30 Set 05 – Veterinary microbiologist at the Bacteriology Laboratory of the Faculty Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, as responsible for clinical diagnosis of bacterial diseases in animal samples from domestic and exotic/zoo species.


Teaching activities:
From 2014 acting as course responsible person in the DTU course General Medical Microbiology

From 2013- Lecturing on Antimicrobials in the DTU Course Pharmaceutical Drug Development 26436

From 2012- Teaching in DTU courses 23258 General Medical Microbiology and 23205 Fighting Infectious diseases (variable)

Training course on molecular characterization of pathogens EURL-AR, 7-11 November 2011

MRSA isolation and characterization; International training course CRL-AR; Copenhagen. 20-22 April 2009 (30h).

Bacteriology for Veterinary students, practical course. LIFE, Copenhagen. 12 May-15 May 2008 (10h)

February 2008. Lecture at the biomedicine course entitled: “Occurrence of ESBL-producing E. coli in Danish pig farms using ceftiofur. 22 February, LIFE-Faculty of Life Sciences Univ of Copenhagen- (2h)

Bacteriology for Veterinary students, practical course. LIFE, Copenhagen. 22 April-25 May 2007 (150h)

Laboratory supervision of Master student Camilla Jorgensen, KVL, IVP June-November (10h).

January 2005 - Oral presentation and discussion panel on Leptospirosis, Study area of Zoonosis of theoretical classes of MSc Course on Veterinary Public Health, 2004-2006 edition, FMV/UTL, Lisbon. (in collaboration with Vilela, C.L.) (4 hours)

December 2004- Characteristics of Laboratory animals species and their management and handling (practical course) in Animal Behaviour classes for Veterinary students FMV/UTL, Lisbon. (in collaboration with Almendra, C and Rosa, I.) (4 hours)

January 2003 - Oral presentation and discussion panel on Leptospirosis, Study area of Zoonosis of theoretical classes of MSc Course on Veterinary Public Health, 2002-2004 edition, FMV/UTL, Lisbon. (in collaboration with Bexiga, R. and Vilela, C.L.). (4 hours)


Computing skills
Use of Windows programs, namely Word, Excel and Power Point, besides statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS and Statistix for Windows and epidemiological software such as EPI-INFO and Winepiscope.Some Knowledge of usage of typing/sequence analysis programs such as Vector NTI, Clustal W, Bionumerics, Gel-Compar and MEGA4.


Other interests: Reading, cinema, cooking, yoga.

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  • Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

    ISSNs: 0305-7453

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1460-2091

    Oxford University Press, United Kingdom

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

    Central database

    Journal

  • Veterinary Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0378-1135, 03781135

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1873-2542

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

    Central database

    Journal

  • Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

    ISSNs: 0066-4804, 00664804

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1070-628

    American Society for Microbiology, United States

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

    Central database

    Journal

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