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Tânia Isabel Garção Curião

Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Characterizing the impact of the porcine gut microbiota on feed efficiency
  • Microbial profiling and functional prediction of gut microbiota of pigs
  • Correlation between gut microbial composition and microbial metabolites, gut structure, haematological, biochemical and immunological parameters
  • Faecal microbiota transplantation
  • High-throughput 16S rRNA sequencing
  • Bioinformatics and statistical analysis

Current Projects

ECO-FCE: A whole systems approach to optimising feed efficiency and reducing the ecological footprint of monogastrics


  • BSc- Pharmaceutical Sciences by University of Porto, Portugal
  • MSc and PhD- Microbiology by University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Professional Membership

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ESCMID, Switzerland

  • McCormack UM, Curiao T, Buzoianu SG, Prieto ML, Ryan T, Varley P, Crispie F, Magowan E, Metzler-Zebeli BU, Berry DP, O'Sullivan O, Cotter PD, Gardiner GE, Lawlor PG. 2016. Porcine feed efficiency is associated with intestinal microbiota composition. 67th EAAP, ECOFCE:50-53. 
  • McCormack UM, Curiao T, Magowan E, Metzler-Zebeli BU, Buzoianu S, Berry D, Cotter P, O’ Sullivan O, Crispie F, Reyer H, Gardiner GE and Lawlor PL. 2016. Intestinal microbiota differs in pigs ranked on RFI on three European sites. 67th EAAP, ECOFCE:47-49. 
  • McCormack UM, Curiao T, Buzoianu S, Metzler-Zebeli BU, Reyer H, Cotter P, O’ Sullivan O, Crispie F, Gardiner GE and Lawlor PL. 2016. Faecal microbiota transplant alters growth and small intestinal architecture of pigs. 67th EAAP, ECOFCE:15-17.