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Full NameDr Ana Pereira do Vale

University College Dublin

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Research Fields
  • genetics, genomics and molecular biology
  • one health
  • Other
Other Research Fields:

veterinary public health

Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Veterinary Medicine
Medical Subspecialties
  • Infectious diseases
  • Veterinary Public Health
My Work

Our research focuses on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) mainly associated with critically important antimicrobials (3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins, carbapenems and colistin) using a One Health approach. We investigate AMR in livestock, companion animals, wildlife and the environment. Additionally, our group is interested in emerging zoonotic diseases with public health relevance.
Our most recent project "Combating Antibiotic Resistance in Philippine Lakes: One Health upstream interventions to reduce the burden (ARPHILAKE)" aims to implement key interventions in Greater Manila, The Philippines to reduce AMR. Interventions will focus on hospitals, small farms, and the Laguna Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.

Some publications:

A. Vale, C. Cousins, A. Tzora, M. McCarron, A. Green, S. Molloy, J. Bainbridge, F. Leonard. (2019). Molecular characterization of faecal E. coli isolated from Zoo animals. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine; 50 (4)

A. Vale, J. Anes, S. Fanning, F. Leonard, D. Farrell. (2019). Draft Genomes of three novel Acinetobacter isolates from an Irish commercial pig farm. Microbiology Resource Announcements; 8 (39)

A. Vale, B. Leggett, D. Smyth, F. Leonard. (2019). Challenges in the veterinary microbiology diagnostic laboratory: a novel Acinetobacter species as presumptive cause for feline unilateral conjunctivitis. Access Microbiology

A. Vale, L. Shubin, J. Cummins, F. Leonard, G. Barry. (2021). Detection of blaOXA-1, blaTEM-1 and virulence factors in E. coli isolated from seals. Frontiers in Veterinary Science; 8

Potential Projects

PhD projects could investigate the role of stressors in the emergence and spread of mobile genetic elements associated with important mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in different settings and expand our knowledge on Microbial Endocrinology. Additionally, the role of sentinel species could be investigated using a One Health approach.
Projects on antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings offer the opportunity to implement interventions to reduce AMR while improving practices and monitoring methods.

Emerging Supervisor

Prof. Paul Whyte