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Célia Lopes

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Research Interests
hospital records
Infectious diseases
Health history

Célia Lopes concluded her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at the University Coimbra in 2014. Currently, she is carrying out her post-doc research funded by FCT (SFRH/BPD/117128/2016) at the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the Department of Biology, University of Évora. Her research is focused on paleopathology, with an emphasis on infectious pathology, from a bio-cultural perspective, and combining the study of skeletons with historical, cemeteries, and archival hospital records. She is currently undertaking the research and curation of the collection of identified skeletons from Évora. Her work includes historical and archival research, focusing mainly on analyzing clinical files in the hospitals of Évora. She is currently proceeding with the 3D scanning of the most relevant pathological cases of the collection for further dissemination and study. She is also interested in the topic of dissemination in science by regularly participating in science fairs and thematic dates; she often goes to schools to teach some basics of Biological Anthropology. Participates annually in activities such as “European Researcher’s Night” or “Évora Summer School.”

Main Publications

Lopes C, Fernandes T. 2022. The Identified Skeleton Collection of Évora: importance for forensic science and bioarchaeology in the southern inland of Portugal. Int J Legal Med.;136(3):955-962. doi: 10.1007/s00414-021-02725-6.

Pfrengle S, Neukamm J, Guellil M, Keller M, Molak M, Avanzi C, Kushniarevich A, Montes N, Neumann GU, Reiter E, Tukhbatova RI, Berezina NY, Buzhilova AP, Korobov DS, Suppersberger Hamre S, Matos VMJ, Ferreira MT, González-Garrido L, Wasterlain SN, Lopes C, Santos AL, Antunes-Ferreira N, Duarte V, Silva AM, Melo L, Sarkic N, Saag L, Tambets K, Busso P, Cole ST, Avlasovich A, Roberts CA, Sheridan A, Cessford C, Robb J, Krause J, Scheib CL, Inskip SA, Schuenemann VJ. 2021. Mycobacterium leprae diversity and population dynamics in medieval Europe from novel ancient genomes. BMC Biol.; 19(1):220. doi: 10.1186/s12915-021-01120-2. PMID: 34610848; PMCID: PMC8493730.

Lopes C. 2019. Syphilis in Coimbra at the beginning of the 20th century: the importance of hospital records for the study of the disease. Antropologia Portuguesa; 36: 67-92

Research Projects

A transição epidemiológica no interior de Portugal continental contada através dos ossos. Estudo demográfico e paleopatológico da coleção identificada de Évora. Projeto de pós-doutoramento em Antropologia Biológica, financiado pela FCT (SFRH/BPD/117128/2016).

Host immunological characteristics and disease experience in past human populations. Invited investigator. Project coordinated by Molly Zuckerman and funded by National Science Foundation (# 1946203). NSF Award Search: Award # 1946203 – Host immunological characteristics and disease experience in past human populations