Ana Catarina Almeida Sousa

Junior Researcher

Short CV

Ana Sousa graduated in biology by the University of Aveiro in 2001, and completed her PhD in Biology in September 2009 from the same institution. During her career she worked at several foreign institutions including the University of Coruña, Spain; the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland; the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan; the Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Japan; The Colorado School of Mines, USA and Hokkaido University, Japan. Her first postdoc under the theme “Human Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Levels, Pathways and Health Risk Assessment” was developed between Portugal (University of Aveiro and University of Beira Interior) and Japan (CMES, Ehime University). Her second postdoc was developed at CICECO, University of Aveiro and focused on the evaluation of toxicological properties of ionic liquids and the development of new strategies for the purification of biomarkers to be used as in early stage diagnosis of chronic diseases. Between October 2017 and September 2018 she was a researcher at Centre National de la Reserche Scientifique – CNRS, in France, and her work focused on the environmental determinants of respiratory diseases. Upon finishing her contract with CNRS, she moved to Japan, as a lecturer of Environmental Toxicology at Hokkaido University. Between Jabuary 2019 and March 2021 she was a researcher at CICECO, Aveiro University. Since April 2021 she is an assistant professor at the Department of Biology, University of Évora. Ana Sousa’s main research interests and experience include the evaluation of exposure levels and pathways to environmental contaminants, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals. She is also interested in the use of Ionic Liquids as alternative solvents and in the characterization of their in vitro and in vivo toxicological properties.

Academic degrees

PhD in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro. Supervisors: Dr. Carlos M. Barroso (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Dr. Shinsuke Tanabe (Ehime University, Japan). Thesis: “Levels and Biological Effects of selected EDC’s in the Portuguese Coast”, 198 p. (September 2009)

MSc in Coastal Zones Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro. Supervisors: Dr. Carlos M. Barroso and Dr. Sónia A. L. V. Mendo. Thesis: “Impact of tributyltin (TBT) along the Portuguese Coast”, 114 p. (June 2004)

Degree in Biology, University of Aveiro (July 2001)

Previous publications

Sousa ACA, Coelho SD, Pastorinho MR, Taborda-Barata L, Nogueira AJA, Isobe T, Kunisue T, Takahashi S, Tanabe S (2017) Levels of TBT and other selected organotin compounds in duplicate diet samples. Science of the Total Environment 574: 19-23;

Coelho SD, Maricoto T, Tanabe S, Nogueira AJA, Sousa ACA (2017) Dietary Habits of a Portuguese Academic Community - A Food Frequency Questionnaire Approach. Journal of Nutrition and Diabetes Research 1 (1)

Coelho SD, M. Ramiro Pastorinho, Takaaki Itai, Isobe T, Kunisue T, Nogueira AJA, Tanabe S, Sousa ACA (2016) Lead in duplicate diet samples from an academic community.  Science of the Total Environment 573: 603-607;

Amaro R, Coelho SD, Pastorinho MR, Taborda-Barata L, Vaz-Patto MA, Monteiro M, Nepomuceno M, Lanzinha JCG, Teixeira JP, Pereira CC, Sousa ACA (2016) House dust fungal communities’ characterization: a double take on the six by sixty by six project (6x60x6). Open Engineering 6: 542-547;

Coelho SD, Sousa ACA, Isobe T, Kunisue T, Nogueira AJA, Tanabe S (2016) Brominated flame retardants and organochlorine compounds in duplicate diet samples from a Portuguese academic community. Chemosphere 160: 89-94;

Coelho SD, Sousa ACA, Isobe T, Kim J-W, Kunisue T, Nogueira AJA, Tanabe S (2016) Brominated, chlorinated and phosphate organic contaminants in house dust from Portugal. Science of the Total Environment 569–570: 442-449;

Sánchez-Marin P, Oliveira IB, Sousa ACA, Takahashi s, Tanabe S, Galante-Oliveira S (2016) Evaluation of female aphally in imposex-affected populations of Nucella lapillus in the species southernmost distributional limit in Europe. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 82 (1): 144-153;

Sousa ACA, Takahashi S, Tanabe S (2014) Editorial (Thematic Issue): Organic contaminants in house dust. Current Organic Chemistry 18(17): 2181,

Coelho SD, Sousa ACA, Isobe T, Tanabe S, Nogueira AJA (2014) Flame Retardants in Indoor Dust - A Review on the Levels of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and Hexabromocyclododecanes. Current Organic Chemistry 18(17): 2218-2230,

Sousa ACA, Almeida JSRL, Pereira CC, Pastorinho MR, Pereira AMC, Nogueira AJA, Taborda-Barata L, Teixeira JP, Correia ACM, Alves A (2014). Characterization of fungal diversity in house dust samples collected from central Portugal - a preliminary survey. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health – Part A Current Issues 77: 1-11,; 5 year IF 2014: 2.042, Q2, 70.0%

Cruz A, Henriques I, Sousa ACA, Baptista I, Almeida A; Takahashi S, Tanabe S, Correia A, Suzuki S, Anselmo AM, Mendo S (2014) A microcosm approach to evaluate the degradation of tributyltin (TBT) by Aeromonas molluscorum Av27 in estuarine sediments. Environmental Research 132: 430-437,

Sousa ACA, Pastorinho MR, Takahashi S, Tanabe S (2014) History on organotin compounds, from snails to humans. Environmental Chemistry Letters 12 (1): 117-137,

Sousa ACA, Teixeira I, Marques B, Vilhena H, Vieira L, Soares AMVM, Nogueira A, Lillebø AI (2013) Mercury, pets' and hair: baseline survey of a priority environmental pollutant using a noninvasive matrix in man's best friend. Ecotoxicology 22(9): 1435-1442,

Coelho P, da Costa S, Silva S, Walter A, Ranville J, Sousa ACA, Coelho M, da Costa C, Coelho M, García-Leston J, Pastorinho MR, Lage B, Harrington C, Taylor A, Teixeira JP (2012) Metal(loid)s levels in biological matrices from human populations exposed to mining contamination - Panasqueira Mine (Portugal). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health - Part A - Current Issues, 75 (13-15): 893-908,

Sousa ACA, Oliveira I, Laranjeiro F, Takahashi S, Tanabe S, Cunha MR, Barroso CM (2012) Organotin levels in Nazaré Canyon (West Iberian Margin, NE Atlantic) and adjacent coastal area. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(2): 422-426,

Barroso CM, Rato M, Veríssimo A, Sousa ACA, Santos JA, Coelho S, Gaspar M, Maia F, Galante-Oliveira S  (2011) Combined use of Nassarius reticulatus imposex and statolith age determination for tracking temporal evolution of TBT pollution in NW Portuguese Continental Shelf. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 13 (11): 3018-3025,

Jonkers N, Sousa A, Galante-Oliveira S, Barroso CM, Kohler H-P, Giger (2010) Occurrence and sources of phenolic endocrine disruptors in the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 17 (4): 834-843,

Sousa A, Schönenberger R, Jonkers N, Suter M, Tanabe S, Barroso CM (2010) Chemical and biological characterization of estrogenicity in effluents from WWTPs in Ria de Aveiro (NW Portugal). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology  58 (1): 1-8,

Sousa A, Laranjeiro F, Takahashi S, Tanabe S and Barroso CM (2009) Imposex and Organotin Prevalence in a European Post-Legislative Scenario: Temporal Trends from 2003 to 2008. Chemosphere 77 (4): 566-573,

Oliveira I, Richardson C, Sousa A, Takahashi S, TanabeS and Barroso CM (2009) Spatial and temporal evolution of imposex in dogwhelk Nucella lapillus (L.) populations from North Wales, UK. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 11 (8): 1462-1468 (Journal front cover paper), 10.1039/b906766c

Sousa A, Ikemoto T, Takahashi S, Barroso CM and Tanabe S (2009) Contribution of organotin compounds to total tin levels in M. galloprovincialis collected along the Portuguese Coast. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58 (8): 1130-1136,

Génio L, Sousa A, Vaz N, Dias JM and Barroso CM (2008) Effect of low salinity on the survival of recently hatched veliger of Nassarius reticulatus (L.) in estuarine habitats: the case study of Ria de Aveiro. Journal of Sea Research 59 (3): 133-143,

Sousa A, Matsudaira C, Takahashi S, Tanabe S and Barroso CM (2007) Integrative assessment of organotin contamination in a southern European estuarine system (Ria de Aveiro, NW Portugal): tracking temporal trends in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the EU ban. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54 (10): 1645-1653,

Rato M, Sousa A, Quintã R, Langston W and Barroso CM (2006) Assessment of inshore/offshore TBT pollution gradients in the NW Portugal continental shelf using Nassarius reticulatus as a bioindicator. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25 (12): 3213-3220,

Sousa A, Génio L, Mendo S and Barroso CM (2005) Comparison of the acute toxicity of tributyltin and copper to veliger larvae of Nassarius reticulatus (L.). Applied Organometallic Chemistry 19: 324-328,

Sousa A, Mendo S and Barroso CM (2005) Imposex and organotin contamination in Nassarius reticulatus (L.) along the Portuguese coast. Applied Organometallic Chemistry 19: 315-323,


High Performance of Ionic-Liquid-Based Materials to Remove Insecticides

Francisco, R; Almeida, C; Sousa, ACA; Neves, MC; Freire, MG

Frailty syndrome, biomarkers and environmental factors - A pilot study

Teixeira-Gomes, A; Lage, B; Esteves, F; Sousa, AC; Pastorinho, MR; Valdiglesias, V; Costa, S; Laffon, B; Teixeira, JP
2020, TOXICOLOGY LETTERS, 330, 14-22.
ISBN: 1879-3169

Supported Ionic Liquids for the Efficient Removal of Acetylsalicylic Acid from Aqueous Solutions

Bernardo, SC; Araujo, BR; Sousa, ACA; Barros, RA; Cristovao, AC; Neves, MC; Freire, MG
ISBN: 1099-0682

Valorization of Expired Energy Drinks by Designed and Integrated Ionic Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems

Dimitrijevic, A; Tavares, APM; Almeida, MR; Vranes, M; Sousa, ACA; Cristovao, AC; Trtic-Petrovic, T; Gadzuric, S; Freire, MG

Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Methiocarb Electrochemical Oxidation

Fernandes, A; Pereira, C; Coelho, S; Ferraz, C; Sousa, AC; Pastorinho, MR; Pacheco, MJ; Ciriaco, L; Lopes, A
ISBN: 2076-3417

Environmental Awareness for Patients with COPD Undergoing Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Is It of Added Value?

Souto-Miranda, S; Goncalves, AC; Valente, C; Freitas, C; Sousa, ACA; Marques, A
ISBN: 1660-4601

Simultaneous Separation of Antioxidants and Carbohydrates From Food Wastes Using Aqueous Biphasic Systems Formed by Cholinium-Derived Ionic Liquids

Neves, CMSS; Figueiredo, M; Reis, PM; Sousa, ACA; Cristovao, AC; Fiadeiro, MB; Rebelo, LPN; Coutinho, JAP; Esperanca, JMSS; Freire, MG

Ecotoxicological evaluation of electrochemical oxidation for the treatment of sanitary landfill leachates

Fernandes, A; Pastorinho, MR; Sousa, AC; Silva, W; Silva, R; Nunes, MJ; Rodrigues, AS; Pacheco, MJ; Ciriaco, L; Lopes, A
ISBN: 1614-7499

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) levels in rat livers collected from a malaria vector control region

Motohira, K; Ikenaka, Y; Yohannes, YB; Nakayama, SMM; Wepener, V; Smit, NJ; Van Vuren, JHJ; Sousa, AC; Enuneku, AA; Ogbomida, ET; Ishizuka, M
ISBN: 1347-7439

The effects of the obesogen tributyltin on the metabolism of Sertoli cells cultured ex vivo

Cardoso, AM; Alves, MG; Sousa, AC; Jarak, I; Carvalho, RA; Oliveira, PF; Cavaco, JE; Rato, L
2018, ARCHIVES OF TOXICOLOGY, 92, 2, 601-610.

Pets as sentinels of human exposure to neurotoxic metals

In Pastorinho MR, Sousa ACA (Eds.), Pets as Sentinels, Forecasters and Promoters of Human Health
Pastorinho MR, Sousa ACA
2020, 83-106, Springer International Publishing AG.
ISBN: 978-3-030-30733-2

Understanding the efficiency of electrochemical oxidation in toxicity removal

In Taylor JC (Eds.), Advances in Chemistry Research
Nunes MJ, Sousa ACA, Fernandes A, Pastorinho MR, Pacheco MJ, Ciríaco L, Lopes A
2019, 1-66, Aveiro, Nova Science Publishers.
ISBN: 978-1-53616-520-3

Treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate from sanitary landfill leachate by combined processes: electrocoagulation followed by electro-fenton

In Morrisson G (Eds.), Landfill Leachate: Control, Treatment and Environmental Impact
Chamem O, Fernandes A, Pereira C, Coelho S, Sousa ACA, Pastorinho MR, Pacheco MJ, Ciríaco L, Zairi M, Lopes A
2019, 83-106, New York, Nova Science Publishers.
ISBN: 978-1-53616-523-4

Use of Nanomaterials in the Pretreatment of Water Samples for Environmental Analysis

In Bhat AH, Jawaid M, O Sulliman FE, Al-Kindy SM (Eds.), Nanomaterials for Healthcare, Energy and Environment
Bernardo S, Sousa ACA, Neves MC, Freire MG
2019, 103-142, Aveiro, Springer Nature.
ISBN: 978-981-13-9832-2

Organotins and imposex in Europe: A pre-ban and post-ban perspective

In Horiguchi T (Eds.), Biological Effects by Organotins'
Sousa ACA, Pastorinho MR
2017, 101-121, Spinger Japan.
ISBN: 978-4-431-56449-2

Organotin compounds: from snails to humans

In Eric Lichtfouse, Jan Schwarzbauer, Didier Robert. (Eds.), Pollutant diseases, remediation and recycling
Sousa ACA, Pastorinho MR, Takahashi S, Tanabe S
2013, 215-275, Aveiro, Springer International Publishing.
ISBN: 978-3-319-02387-8

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