Dr Alexandre De Menezes


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Dr. Alexandre Barretto de Menezes (ABM) joined NUI Galway as a lecturer in soil microbiology in January 2017. Dr. de Menezes is specialised in molecular microbial ecology, metagenomics and has expertise in multivariate statistical analyses and correlation network analysis. After obtaining a Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool, ABM worked as a postdoc at University of College Dublin, where he used next-generation sequencing to characterise the gut microbiome of dairy cows undergoing methane mitigation experiments and the metatranscriptome of soils exposed to pollutants. Subsequently, ABM worked as a postdoc at CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, where he used molecular, biogeochemical and environmental sensor data to study variability in soil microbial ecosystem function. At CSIRO, ABM worked on a range of topics in microbial ecology, including molecular analysis of cellulose degradation genes, fungal-bacterial associations in soil, the effects of invasive earthworms on soil microbial communities and the impacts of wildfire on soil microbes. Prior to his current position, ABM worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Salford, UK, where he developed research in the relationships between gut microbiome and parasite loads of wild mice and metagenomic sequencing of viral communities in rivers.