Silvia Carvalho


Research Assistant

+44 (0) 1463273288 (Research Hub)

+44 (0) 1463279477 (BioMAG Laboratory)


My background is in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. I attended University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Portugal where I received my BSc degree in Genetics and Biotechnology and my MSc degree in Comparative, Technologic Molecular Genetics. While I was studying I was involved in projects studying antimicrobial resistance of enterococci and E. coli isolated from fecal samples of animals as well on isolating and identifying the vaginal microbiota of the Portuguese Miranda Donkey breed (my master’s dissertation). After my master’s I continued my path in research as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at Queen’s University of Belfast under the project ATBEST. This short fellowship focused on identifying microorganisms related to lignocellulosic biomass degradation in anaerobic digestion.  In 2018 I moved to Inverness and joined the Rivers and Lochs Institute as a Research Assistant.

Research interests

My main research interests are focused on using molecular biology to come up with solutions to overcome environmental issues as also to study the biodiversity and conservation of species.

Current projects

  • Development of an eDNA assay for the detection of American signal crayfish in Scotland
  • DNA Methods for Seabed Monitoring and Aquaculture Management


Carvalho, S., Marinho, C., Gonçalves, A., Sousa, M., Nóvoa, M., Quaresma, M., Igrejas, I., Poeta, P. (2016) Vaginal bacterial microbiota of an endangered donkey breed: a comparison between Miranda donkey breed (Equus asinus) jennies with and without reproductive problems. Journal of Integrated OMICS, Vol 6 Issue 1, June 2016, 18-22.

Carvalho, I., Campo, R.D., Sousa, M., Silva, N., Carrola, J., Marinho, C.,  Santos, T., Carvalho, S., Nóvoa, M., Quaresma, M., Pereira, J.E., Cobo, M., Igrejas, I., Poeta, P. (2017) Antimicrobial-resistant Escherichia coli and Enterococcus spp. isolated from Miranda donkey (Equus asinus): an old problem from a new source with a different approach. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 66:191- 202.

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