Dr. Vitor Borges

With a PhD in Biology (Molecular Genetics) by NOVA University of Lisbon (2015), Vítor Borges (VB) is a Researcher of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Health Dr Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Portugal.

VB focuses on using genomics and transcriptomics to survey and investigate pathogens with impact on public health in order to: i) perform routine surveillance and investigate outbreaks; ii) predict/detect relevant pathogen phenotypic properties, such as antimicrobial resistance and virulence; iii) establish/strengthen (new) genotype-phenotype relationships; iv) identify and monitoring the emergence of new (or variant) microorganisms that may threat the human health; or, v) investigate the evolutionary history of pathogens and their adaptive traits during human infection and transmission.

He has been actively involved in Portugal’s capacity building for nationwide genomics-informed surveillance of several human pathogens. For instance, he is the scientific coordinator of INSaFLU (https://insaflu.insa.pt/), an open and user-oriented web-based bioinformatics platform that has been crucial for influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and, more recently, monkeypox genomics surveillance in the country.

His output record (ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3767-2209; includes >50 scientific publications, >20 presentations at (inter)national conferences (including invitations from ECDC and WHO), and the participation in national and international collaborative projects, e.g. the OneHealth EJP TELE-Vir (https://onehealthejp.eu/jrp-tele-vir/) and BeONE https://onehealthejp.eu/jrp-beone (as WP leader); INNUENDO (https://doi.org/10.2903/sp.efsa.2018.EN-1498) and COVRIN (https://onehealthejp.eu/jip-covrin/) (as task leader).

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