2013 – PhD in Biology (Medical Entomology/Virology) – University of Évora
2007 – Postgraduate course in Medical Parasitology – Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon
2006 – MSc in Cellular Biology – University of Coimbra
1999 – BSc Biologia – University of Coimbra
2005 – (present) Superior Technician at Centro de Estudos de Vectores e Doenças Infecciosas/Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge
2002 – 2004 Fellowship at Botanical Institute/University of Coimbra
2001 – 2002 Fellowship at Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon
2000 – 2001 Fellowship University of Cologne, Germany
I am working on mosquito vectors and vector-borne agents, namely arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses), exploring various components of their natural cycle. As team member of some projects currently ongoing in the National Institute of Health, I am working on the identification of mosquito populations and on the analysis of genetic and environmental determinants in geographical distribution, feeding behaviour and vector role of mosquitoes for pathogenic agents. Currently, I am also interested in the epidemiology of dengue and on vector control strategy to fight the invasive vector mosquitoes Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti.
Main Research Lines
- Arthropod vectors and arthropod-borne pathogens
- Genetic and environmental determinants in vector populations
- Vector surveillance and control
Zé-Zé, L., Proença, P., Osório, H.C., Gomes, S., Luz, T., Parreira, P., Fevereiro, M., Alves, M.J. (2015): Human case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease in Portugal, summer 2015. EuroSurveillance 20 (38): pii=30024.
Osório, H.C., Zé-Zé, L., Amaro, F. & Alves, M.J. (2014): Mosquito surveillance for prevention and control of emerging mosquito-borne diseases in Portugal – 2008-2014. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, 11583-11596.
Osório, H.C., Zé-Zé, L., Nunes, A. & Alves, M.J. (2014): Sympatric occurrence of Culex pipiens (Diptera, Culicidae) biotypes pipiens, molestus and their hybrids in Portugal, Western Europe: feeding patterns and habitat determinants. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 28 (1):103-9.
Alves, M.J., Fernandes, P.L., Amaro, F., Osório, H., Luz, T., Parreira, P., Andrade, G., Zé-Zé, L., Zeller, H. (2013): Clinical presentation and laboratory findings for the first autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Madeira island, Portugal, October 2012. EuroSurveillance18 (6): pii=20398.
Osório, H.C., Zé-Zé, L., & M.J. Alves (2012): Host Feeding Patterns of Culex pipiens and Other Potential Mosquito Vectors (Diptera: Culicidae) of West Nile Virus (Flaviviridae) Collected in Portugal. Journal of Medical Entomology 49 (3): 717-721.
Projects (Team Member)
2008-Ongoing National Vector Surveillance Program (REVIVE)
2011-2014 New arboviruses isolated in Portugal – Risk assessment and public health application
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - PTDC/SAU-SAP/119199/2010
2008-2011 Ornithodoros ticks – A human disease vector with a growing impact in Public Health
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - PTDC/SAU-ESA/65401/2006
2008-2011 Compreensão dos fatores que promovem a prevalência de doenças infecciosas em aves limícolas migradoras
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - PTDC/BIA-BDE/64063/2006
2005-2007 Mosquito-borne flaviviruses: a potential risk for Portugal
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Grant 0488
2002-2004 The Conservation of a Vital European Scientific and Biotechnological Resource: Microalgae and Cyanobacteria
European Union, Framework 5 - QLRI-CT-2001-01645
Some arthropods as mosquitoes can be extremely annoying, and others, as ticks, even repugnant for some people. However, these group tiny creatures, which share the common behavior of blood-feeding on vertebrate hosts, represent much more for public health and environmental safety than only nuisance. They can act as vectors of disease for animals and human beings transmitting a number of pathogens between a set of susceptible hosts and having a huge impact on public health and environmental policies. Arthropod vector-borne diseases are an important issue for global environmental health, mainly nowadays, since they are emerging in new areas of the world, while many endemic diseases have increased their incidence.
My decision to become member of GIAS was based on the interest to introduce in the scope of GIAS the assessment and control of vector arthropods, and those environmental factors that can potentially affect their distribution and role as vectors of disease. This is a multidisciplinary field of science, which requires collaborative efforts to develop projects and come up with ideas, as also researchers with multidisciplinary valences that I'm sure to find in the GIAS. Briefly, I'm expecting to develop new projects and ideas in collaboration with GIAS in the field of medical entomology concerning public health and environmental quality.