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Dr. Rui Moutinho Sá

Dr Rui SaOverview

Biological anthropologist. I’ve been working in Africa since 2000 and particularly, in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa on chimpanzee genetics and parasitology since 2007. I have experience in ethnoecology, non-invasive sampling, molecular and parasitological techniques, and genomic analyses, as well as in ethnographic methodologies. My research interests relate with the intersection between Anthropological Genetics, Molecular Primatology, Phylogeography, Parasitology and Primate Conservation.


Position: Junior Researcher


Telephone:  (+420) 54156 2271

Location: Department of Pathology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Palackého 1-3, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic

Current Research

Currently, I’m working on emergent and neglected gastrointestinal parasites and other symbionts common to humans and (non-human) primates. I collaborate, among others, with: OnE- Organisms and Environment Division, Cardiff University, UK; CRIA- Centre for Research in Anthropology, Portugal; CIAS- Research Centre for Anthropology and Health, Portugal; Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Cambridge University, UK; GEEvH- Human Evolution Research Group, Portugal. I’m also a founding member of the Portuguese Primatological Society, and I participate actively on the UK-Bushmeat Working Group from the Zoological Society of London.


Sá, R.M. & Petrželková, K. 2013. A book review of Mittermeier R.A., Rylands A.B. & Wilson D.E.: Handbook of the mammals of the world – vol. 3, Primates. Lynx, Barcelona, 2013, 951 p. ISBN: 978-84-96553-89-7. Folia Zoologica 62 (3): 244-245.

Minhós, T*.; Wallace, E.; Ferreira da Silva M.*; Sá, R. M.*; Carmo, M.; Barata, A.; and Bruford M. 2013. DNA identification of primate bushmeat from urban markets in Guinea-Bissau and its implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 167: 43-49. * First co-authors.

Sá, R. M.; Petrasova, J.; Pomajbíková, K.; Profousova, I.; Petrzelkova, K.; Cable, J.; Sousa, C.; Bruford, M.W. and Modry, D. 2013. Gastrointestinal Symbionts of Chimpanzees in Cantanhez National park, with respect to habitat fragmentation. American Journal of Primatology, 75: 1032-1041. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22170

Ferreira da Silva, M. J.*, Minhos, T.*, Sa, R. M.* & Bruford, M. W. 2012. Using Genetics as a Tool in Primate Conservation. Nature Education 3 (6):10. * First co-authors.

Sá, R. M. 2012. Defining the Human and Legal Sujecthood. A review of Defining Human: Species, Sanity, and Legal Subjecthood, by Kris Weller. Dissertation Reviews.

Minhós T.; Nixon, E.; Sousa, C.; Vicente, L.M.; Ferreira da Silva, M.; Sá, R.M.; and Bruford, M.W. 2013. Genetic evidence for contrasting patterns of recent and historic dispersal in two sympatric African Colobine monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150: 464-474. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22223

Sá, R. M., Ferreira da Silva, M.; Sousa, F.; and Minhos, T. 2012. The trade and ethnobiological use of chimpanzee body parts in Guinea-Bissau: Implications for Conservation. Traffic Bulletin 24 (1): 31-34.

Pomajbíková, K.; Petrzelková, K.; Petrásová, J.; Profousová, I.; Kalousová, B.; Jirku, M.; Sá, R. M.; & Modry, D. 2012. Distribution of the Entodiniomorphid ciliate Troglocorys cava Tokiwa, Modry, Pomajbíková, Petrzelková and Imai 2010, (Entodiniomorphida:Blepharocorythidae) in wild and captive chimpanzees. The Journal of Eucaryotic Microbiology: 59:97-99. DOI: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.2011.00586.x.

Sá, R. M. 2005. Guia Turístico de Travanca de Bodiosa 2005-2006, Ed. TipoCuria.

Sá, R.M. 2002. Human Genome Project! What perspectives? Antropologando 2 (1) 7-16.

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