Joana Feliciano

(PhD Student) *

Alternative Pages: Google Scholar; Research ID; iBB webpage

Status at iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences:

·         Researcher of the Biological Sciences Research Group


  • Graduation in in Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2009


  • MSc Student in Applied Microbiology, under the supervision of Professor Jorge Leitão

Research Activities:

  • Physiology and Molecular Biology of Bacterial Exopolysaccharide Biosynthesis


Book chapters

Sousa, S.A., Ramos, C.G., Feliciano, J., Leitão, J.H., "Bacterial type II PMIs: exploitable bifunctional enzymes for biotechnological applications and the rational design of antimicrobials", In: Biopolymers (Edited by Magdy M. Elnashar), Sciyo, 285-302, 2010 (ISBN 978-953-307-109-1)


Alves, L.G., Pinheiro, P.F., Feliciano, J.R., Dâmaso, D.P., Leitão, J.H., Martins, A.M., Synthesis, antimicrobial activity and toxicity to nematodes of cyclam derivatives, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 2017, in press. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2017.03.002.

Sousa, S.A., Feliciano, J.R., Pita, T., Guerreiro, S.I., Leitão, J.H., "Burkholderia cepacia complex virulence gene expression regulation: a review", Genes 8:43, 2017. DOI: 10.3390/genes8010043

Feliciano, J.R., Grilo, A.M., Guerreiro, S.I., Sousa, S.A., Leitão, J.H., "Hfq: a multifaceted RNA chaperone involved in virulence", Future Microbiology, accepted for publication.

Gil, F.N., Moreira-Santos M., Chelinho S., Pereira C., Feliciano J.R., Leitão J.H., Sousa J.P., Ribeiro R., Viegas C.A., "Suitability of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae-based assay to assess the toxicity of pyrimethanil sprayed soils via surface runoff: comparison with standard aquatic and soil toxicity assays" Sci Total Environ. 505:161-71, 2015.

Ramos, C.G., Grilo, A.M., Sousa, S.A., Feliciano, J.R., da Costa, P.J., Leitão, J.H., "Regulation of Hfq mRNA and protein levels in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa by the Burkholderia cebocepacia MtvR sRNA", PLoS One, 9(6): e98813, 2014.

Sousa, S.A., Feliciano, J.R., Grilo, A.M., Leitão, J.H., "Bioinformatics: a molecular microbiologist's perspective", Current Bioinformatics, 9: 8-17, 2014.

Sousa, S.A., Feliciano, J.R., Pinheiro, P.F., Leitão J.H., "Biochemical and functional studies on the Burkholderia cepacia complex bceN gene, encoding a GDP-mannose 4,6-dehydratase", PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56902, 2013.

Oral Communications in Scientific Meetings

Ramos, C.G., Sousa, S.A., Grilo, A.M., da Costa, P.J.P., Feliciano, J.R, Leitão, J.H., A RNomics-based strategy identifies regulatory small RNAs in Burkholderia cenocepacia complex. First Portuguese Meeting in Bioengineering – IEEE-EMBS, 1-4 March 2011, IST, TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal


Sousa, S.A., Ramos, C.G., Feliciano, J.R., Leitão, J.H., Identification and exploitation of Burkholderia cenocepacia complex virulence factors as potential antimicrobial targets. First Portuguese Meeting in Bioengineering – IEEE-EMBS, 1-4 March 2011, IST, TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal

Posters Communications in Scientific Meetings

Ramos, C.G., Sousa,S.A., Feliciano, J.R., Grilo, A.M., Leitão, J.H., Functional analysis of the Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315 hfq2 gene encoding an unsual RNA chaperone, and identification of the small non-coding RNA LhdR, The Non Coding Genome EMBO-EMBL Symposium 2010, 13-16 October , Heidelberg, Germany


C.G. Ramos, S.A. Sousa, J.R. Feliciano, R. Vaz, J.H. Leitão, Hfq sRNA chaperones: Pleiotropic regulators with crucial roles in RNA metabolism and virulence in Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria, The EMBO meeting 2010, 4-7 September, Barcelona, Spain