I am a microbial ecologist, and my research career has centred on the investigation of the role of microorganisms in providing ecosystem services, especially in the carbon cycle. I have a particular interest in investigating microbial groups or genes that have been overlooked in this academic field, and which might have an unappreciated role in ecosystem function.I obtained my BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, in 2002. Between September 2002 and October 2005 I worked as a marine biology research assistant at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in Plymouth, UK. In December 2009 I obtained my PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool, where my research focused on cellulose-degrading communities in freshwater lakes. Subsequently, I joined the environmental microbiology research group at University College Dublin, Ireland, for my first postdoctoral position. I moved to Australia for my second postdoc at the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO) in Canberra. At CSIRO I investigated spatial-temporal variability of soil microbial communities. I joined the University of Salford as a career development research fellow at the end of May 2015. Currently I am developing studies in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Salford, as well as from the University of Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham focusing on 3 main areas: 1, research in antibiotic resistance gene persistence and dissemination in the environment; 2, relationships between gut microbiome, environment and the immune system in mice populations; and 3, the use of DNA metabarcoding to monitor fish populations for their sustainable management.