Célia Maria Costa

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Célia Maria Costa


I have a BSc. In Biochemistry (2016), at Faculdade de Ciência das Universidade do Porto and a MSc. in Applied Microbiology (2019) at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. My master’s thesis was foccused on the evaluation of the prebiotic potential of a food supplement and its impact on the human gut microbiota. In 2019, I became a fellow researcher in a project focused on the microbial production of CLA isomers, in small ruminant’s milk. During this time, I have collaborated in several projects regarding byproducts valorization and in studying the impact of several food matrices on human gut microbiota. I am currently working as a Lab Assistant at Alchemy Project, testing in vitro models, to test bioactive properties of sugar cane byproducts. Therefore, I have a great interest in human gut microbiota, prebiotics, functional foods and in byproducts valorization.




Costa, C. M., Silva, S., Pimentel, L., Pintado, M. (2018, October).Evaluation of prebiotic potential of Coriolus versicolor-effects upon the human gut microbiota [poster presentation]. 6th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota, Oporto, Portugal.

Veiga, M., Costa, C., Carvalho, M. J., Costa, E. M., Silva, S., & Pintado, M. (2020). Antioxidant-loaded nanocarriers for drinks. In Nanotechnology in the Beverage Industry (pp. 337-372). Elsevier.

Ribeiro, T. B., Costa, C. M., Bonifácio - Lopes, T., Silva, S., Veiga, M., Monforte, A. R., Nunes, J., Vicente, A. A. & Pintado, M. 2021. Prebiotic effects of olive pomace powders in the gut: In vitro evaluation of the inhibition of adhesion of pathogens, prebiotic and antioxidant effects. Food Hydrocolloids, 112, 106312.

Andrade, R. M. S. d., Silva, S., Costa, C. M. d. S. F., Veiga, M., Costa, E., Ferreira, M. S. L., Gonçalves, E. C. B. d. A. & Pintado, M. E. 2020. Potential prebiotic effect of fruit and vegetable byproducts flour using in vitro gastrointestinal digestion. Food Research International, 137, 109354.

Researcher Center

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Researcher type

MsC student

Academic CV