Who we are

InnerCore uses microbiome knowledge to support the sustainable use of environmental resources, assess health and environmental risks and promote plant and animal health.

Based on the broad experience of our team, we have developed a unique challenge-oriented analytical platform to support the development of innovative services and technologies. Our goal is to help you understand, monitor and manipulate complex microbial systems.

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Our Team

Our Team

InnerCore was founded by a group of scientists and entrepreneurs with broad experience in molecular biology, bioinformatics, data analysis and microbial ecology. We have extensive knowledge working with different organisms across a range of environments from marine to terrestrial and temperate to tropical areas.

Francisco Coelho

Co-founder and CEO

Newton Gomes


Daniel Cleary


Some relevant publications of our team

Cleary D.F.R., Swierts T., Coelho F.J.R.C., Polónia A.R.M., Huang Y.M., Ferreira M.R.S., Putchakarn S., Carvalheiro L., van der Ent E., Ueng J-P., Gomes N.C.M., de Voogd N.J. (2019).
The sponge microbiome within the greater coral reef microbial metacommunity.
Nature Communications. 10, 1644.

Martins P., Coelho F.J.R.C., Cleary D.F.R., Pires A.C.C., Marques B., Rodrigues A.M., Quintino V., Gomes N.C.M. (2018).
Seasonal patterns of bacterioplankton composition in a semi-intensive European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) aquaculture system.
Aquaculture, 490 240-250. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0044848617322020

Boaventura C.M., Coelho F.J.R.C., Martins P.T., Pires A.C.C., Duarte L.N., Uetanabaro A.P.T., Cleary D.F.R., Gomes N.C.M. (2018).
Micro-eukaryotic plankton diversity in an intensive aquaculture system for production of Scophthalmus maximus and Solea senegalensis.
Aquaculture, 490, 321-328. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0044848617303095

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Coelho F.J.R.C., Cleary D.F.R., Costa R., Ferreira M., Polonia A.R.M., Silva A.M.S., Simoes M.M.Q., Oliveira V., Gomes N.C.M. (2016).
Multitaxon activity profiling reveals differential microbial response to reduced seawater pH and oil pollution.
Molecular Ecology. 25, 4645-4659. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/mec.13779

Coelho F.J.R.C., Louvado A., Domingues P.M., Cleary D.F.R., Ferreira M., Almeida A., Cunha M.R., Cunha A., Gomes N.C.M. (2016).
Integrated analysis of bacterial and microeukaryotic communities from differentially active mud volcanoes in the Gulf of Cadiz.
Scientific Reports. 6, 35272.

Coelho F.J.R.C., Cleary D.F.R., Rocha R.J.M., Calado R., Castanheira J.M., Rocha S.M., Silva A.M.S., Simões M.M.Q., Oliveira V., Lillebø A., Almeida A., Cunha Â., Lopes I., Ribeiro R., Moreira-Santos M., Marques C.R., Costa R., Pereira R. and Gomes N.C.M. (2015).
Unraveling the interactive effects of climate change and oil contamination on laboratory simulated estuarine benthic communities.
Global Change Biology. 5, 1871-1886

Polonia A.R.M., Cleary D.F.R., Freitas R., de Voogd N.J., Gomes N.C.M. (2015).
The putative functional ecology and distribution of archaeal communities in sponges, sediment and seawater in a coral reef environment.
Molecular Ecology. 24 , 409-423.

Coelho F.J.R.C., Rocha R. J.M., Pires A.C.C., Ladeiro B., Castanheira J.M., Costa R., Almeida A., Cunha Â., Lillebø A.I., Ribeiro R., Pereira R., Lopes I., Marques C., Moreira-Santos M., Calado R., Cleary D.F.R., Gomes N.C.M. (2013).
Development and validation of an experimental life support system for assessing the effects of global climate change and environmental contamination on estuarine and coastal marine benthic communities.
Global Change Biology. 19, 8, 2584–2595 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gcb.12227

Gomes N.C.M., Cleary D.F.R., Pinto F.N., Egas C., Almeida A., Cunha A., Mendonca-Hagler L.C.S., Smalla K. (2010).
Taking Root: Enduring Effect of Rhizosphere Bacterial Colonization in Mangroves.
Plos One. 5, (11): e14065.