Freni Kekhasharú Tavaria


Freni K. Tavaria graduated in Biology from Texas A&M University, has a Masters Degree in Soil Science (Texas A&M, Texas, USA) and a PhD in Biotechnology (Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa). She is currently an Invited Assistant Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University where she teaches Microbiology, Cell Culture and Immunology. Her research interests are in Applied Microbiology and Skin Ecology, more specifically in the area of ​​antimicrobials. She studies the relationships within skin microorganisms and host-microbe interactions aiming at infection control. She has participated in several national and international congresses and is the co-author of several scientific papers with international arbitration. She is also the referee of several international journals and a reviewer of the Journal of Applied Microbiology. She has over 50 publications (articles in international journals and book chapters) and more than 70 papers at international conferences.




Costa, E. M., Silva, S., Vicente, S. Neto, C., Castro, P.M., Veiga, M., Madureira, R., Tavaria, F., Pintado, M.M. 2017. Chitosan nanoparticles as alternative anti-staphylococci agents: Bactericidal, antibiofilm and antiadhesive effects. Materials Science and Engineering C, 79: 221-226. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.05.047

Lopes, E.G., Moreira, D.A., Gullón, P., Gullón, B., Cardelle-Cobas, A., Tavaria, F. K. 2016. Topical application of probiotics in skin: adhesion, antimicrobial and antibiofilm in vitro assays. J. Appl. Microbiol. 122: 450-461. doi:10.1111/jam.13349

Moreira, D., Gullón, B., Gullón, P., Gomes, A., Tavaria, F. 2016. Bioactive packaging using antioxidant extracts for the prevention of microbial spoilage.
Food and Function, 7: 3273-3282. DOI: 10.1039/C6FO00553E

Lopes, C., Soares, J., Tavaria, F., Duarte, A., Correia, O., Sokhatska, O., Severo, M., Silva, D., Pintado, M., Delgado, L., Moreira, A. 2015. Chitosan coated textiles may improve atopic dermatitis severity by modulating skin staphylococcal profile: a randomized controlled trial. PlosOne. 10(11): e0142844. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142844
Cardelle-Cobas, A., Madureira, A. R., Costa, E., Barros, R., Tavaria, F. Pintado, M.E.  2015. Development of oral strips containing chitosan as active ingredient – a product for buccal health. International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials. 64: 906-918. Manuscript ID: 1030661.

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Invited Assistent Professor
Faculty of Biotechnology

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