The Instituto de Medicina Molecular is one of the leading biomedical research institutes in Portugal. Created in 2004 and located in the campus of the Medical School and the Santa Maria Hospital, it acquired the special status of Laboratório Associado from the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education, based on the excellence of research. The mission of IMM is to foster basic, clinical and translational biomedical research that contributes to a better understanding of disease mechanisms, and the development of novel predictive tests, diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.

João Carriço from the IMM’s Molecular Microbiology and Infection Unit will strengthen the consortium’s knowledge in microbial typing ontology and Application Programming Interface (API) development. He will collaborate with other partners in the development of a microbial typing ontology and the definition of the Application Programming Interface for web services to access and share the data for the databases relevant to the project.