Daniel Salvador holds a Degree in Biology, a Master Degree in Human Biology and Environment, and, recently, a Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Technologies from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.
He began his research path in water microbiology in 2013/2014, when he conducted his master degree's project on the influence of environmental factors on the expression of genes associated with the production of toxins in freshwater cyanobacteria, at the Dr Ricardo Jorge National Health Centre.
Later, while doing the EnviHealth & Co Business Doctoral Programme, from the Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (Institute of Environmental Health), he took up environmental virology. He carried out his last project at the Laboratory of the Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres/Portuguese Water Company (EPAL), monitoring enteric viruses in different matrices of Portuguese water resources.
Currently, he works as a Senior Technician in the EPAL Laboratory, and is implementing methodologies for the detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 in water. In this interview, he talks about his doctoral project, explaining how water virus research is carried out and also some curiosities and responsibilities that we should have regarding water.