Maria de São José Garcia Alexandre

Integrated Member (PhD)

Department: Epidemiology
Research Group: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology


Maria São José Alexandre was born in Lisbon (1958). Obtained her graduation in Pharmacy, at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon (1981), and came after to Porto, where since 1982, she is a member of the academic staff of the Laboratory of Microbiology of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto (FFUP). She did the Proofs of Pedagogic Ability and Scientific Capacity in Virology (1985), the PhD in Microbiology (1995) and “Agregação”  (2004). Since 2006, is a Full Professor of Microbiology and the Head of the Laboratory of Microbiology of FFUP ( ).

She is the Director of the Master in Clinical Analysis of the FFUP (since 2010). She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Occupational Safety and Health of the University of Porto (since 2010) and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (since 2014). She is also member of the Board of the School of Life Sciences and Health (Junior University) of the University of Porto (since 2010). She is the Portuguese delegate of the Council of the European Society of Clinical Virology ( and member of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Virology (

Virology has been her main teaching area being responsible for the curricular units, Virology (since 1984) and Clinical Virology (since1994), of the Masters of the FFUP (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Analyses). She has taught several post-graduate courses in the area of virology at other national Universities and professional Institutions and has given courses and conferences in foreigner Universities, international and national scientific meetings.

She has been involved as a PI or as member of the team in several National and International research projects and has published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as authored and co-authored book chapters in the area of Microbiology and Virology (Nascimento MSJ is the name that uses in publications). 

ORCID: 0000-0002-6157-4978



She has developed research in the field of the Pharmaceutical Sciences, particularly in the search for compounds with immunomodulatory, anticancer and antiviral activity. Nowadays conducts research in the area of Clinical Virology, Environmental and Food Virology. The molecular epidemiology of animal viruses and their zoonotic potential is now one of the priority areas of her research.