25 years of Science and Innovation




Phone: +351 22 041 4651

Room: E313

Laboratory: E007, E008, E009

Senior Researcher

Academic position: Assistant Professor (FEUP)

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Luciana Gomes

Major research topics

  • Surface engineering to prevent biofilm formation
  • Multispecies biofilm architecture
  • Development of cleaning and disinfection methods for the food industry
  • Protective biofilms using probiotics
  • Horizontal gene transfer in biofilms
  • Beneficial biofilms for the production of added-value compounds

Selected Publications

Gomes, L.C., Saubade, F., Amin, M., Spall, J., Liauw, C.M., Mergulhão, F.J., Whitehead, K.A. “A comparison of vegetable leaves and replicated biomimetic surfaces on the binding of Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes”. Food and Bioproducts Processing, (2023), 137: 99-112.

Carvalho, F.M., Mergulhão, F.J., Gomes, L.C. “Effect of Lactobacillus plantarum Biofilms on the Adhesion of Escherichia coli to Urinary Tract Devices”. Antibiotics, (2021), 10, 966.

Gomes, L.C., Deschamps, J., Briandet, R., Mergulhão, F.J. "Impact of modified diamond-like carbon coatings on the spatial organization and disinfection of mixed-biofilms composed of Escherichia coli and Pantoea agglomerans industrial isolates". International Journal of Food Microbiology, (2018), 277: 74-82.

Gomes, L.C., Piard, J.-C., Briandet, R., Mergulhão, F.J. "Pseudomonas grimontii biofilm protects food contact surfaces from Escherichia coli colonization". LWT - Food Science and Technology, (2017), 85: 309-315.

Gomes, L.C., Mergulhão, F.J. "Heterologous protein production in Escherichia coli biofilms: A non-conventional form of high cell density cultivation". Process Biochemistry, (2017), 57: 1-8.


Selected Projects

“BacAllFree - Controlling bacteria and allergen contamination in the food industry using biomimetic surfaces” (2022.05314.PTDC), funded by FCT. Beginning: 2023. Duration 36 months. Role: Principal Investigator.

“SurfSAFE - Surface modification to increase microbial SAFEty in the food industry” (Grant Agreement 952471), funded by European Comission. Beginning: 2021. Duration 36 months. Role: Researcher.

“NanoCAT - Using modified carbon nanotubes to prevent biofilm formation in urinary catheters and stents” (PTDC/CTM-COM/4844/2020), funded by FCT. Beginning: 2021. Duration 36 months. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

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