Célia Manaia has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology. Her academic career includes a Bachelor and Doctoral degrees concluded at University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Habilitation obtained at the Catholic University in Porto. She teaches disciplines in areas of Microbiology and Genetics, transversal to the degrees of Microbiology, Nutrition Sciences and Bioengineering or their specialization branches. As a researcher, Celia Manaia is interested in the diversity and ecology of bacteria in human-impacted areas, and has applied her investigation in contributing to unveil and control the threatening human-health problem posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria, in particular those behaving as environmental contaminants. Célia Manaia is currently Vice-President for Research and Internationalization at the Porto Regional Center of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, is coordinator of the Microbiology Bachelor Degree and of 2nd Cycle of Studies (Masters) at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia and is General Secretary of the Portuguese Microbiology Society.