Alcina Maria Miranda Bernardo


At present, Alcina M.M. Bernardo is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the M.Sc. course in Food Engineering at the College of Biotechnology of Portuguese Catholic University (ESB-UCP).

She got her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto, in 1985; her M.Sc., in 1986, and Ph.D., in 1990, in Food Processing from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires, France.

In 1985, she was hired by the ESB-UCP, where she became Assistant Professor in 1990.  In 1991, she attended a Postharvest Technology course at University of California in Davis and she pursued a postdoctoral programme at University of Florida in Gainesville, USA.

She carries out research in ​​Food Science and Engineering, focused mainly on Fruit and Vegetables. She is co-author of more than 70 papers in refereed international journals (h-index of 19, SCOPUS®). She is responsible for and professor of Fruits & Vegetables to the european M.Sc. BiFTec.




Morais, R.M.S.C., Morais, A.M.M.B., Dammak, I., Bonilla, J., Sobral, P.J.A., Laguerre, J.-C., Afonso, M.J., Ramalhosa, E.C.D. (2018) Functional dehydrated foods for health preservation. Journal of Food Quality.

Emser, K., Barbosa, J., Teixeira, P., Morais, A.M.M.B. (2017) Lactobacillus plantarum survival during the osmotic dehydration and storage of probiotic cut apple. Journal of Functional Foods, 38, 519-528, doi:10.1016/j.jff.2017.09.021.

Assis, F.R., Morais, R.M.S.C., Morais, A.M.M.B. (2017) Osmotic dehydration with sorbitol combined with hot air convective drying of apple cubes. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 54(10), 3152-3160; doi: 10.1007/s13197-017-2751-0.

Assis, F.R., Morais, R.M.S.C., Morais, A.M.M.B. (2016) Mathematical modelling of osmotic dehydration kinetics of apple cubes. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 41(3), 1-16; doi:10.1111/jfpp.12895.

Raposo, M.F.J., Morais, R.M.S.C., Morais, A.M.M.B. (2013) Bioactivity and applications of sulphated polysaccharides from marine microalgae. Marine Drugs, 11(1), 233-252; doi:10.3390/md11010233.

Scientific areas of activity

Expertise in the area of Post-harvest Technology for over twenty years, namely on quality assessment and optimization of fresh or minimally processed fruit and vegetables with respect to physical, chemical, biochemical and sensory parameters. Expertise also in Drying of Food Products.

Research interests:
Research interests focused on: (i) post harvest technology issues; (ii) quality assessment and optimization of fresh / minimally processed (MP) fruit and vegetables after hurdle technology applied -chemical dip and/or edible coating and/or vacuum packaging and/or cold storage in controlled/ modified atmosphere-, with respect to physical, chemical, biochemical, microbiological and sensory parameters; (iii) packaging design for fresh/ MP commodities; (iv) biochemical characterization of polyphenol oxidase in different horticultural products.

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Academic CV
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Thesis as Advisor


Associate Professor
Faculty of Biotechnology

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)