Lígia Leão Pimentel

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Lígia Leão Pimentel


Lígia L. Pimentel graduated in Microbiology in 2001 by the Faculty of Biotechnology – Portuguese Catholic University (ESB-UCP), where she also obtained her PhD in Biotechnology in 2013. She participated in several R&D projects and her research work focused on the characterization of microbial strains isolated from dairy products, the characterization and valorization of industrial by-products for food applications, analysis of esterified and free fatty acids, optimization of conjugated fatty acid production by bacteria and design of new lipid-based functional foods and their stability. Currently, she is a researcher at ALCHEMY project at CBQF (Centre of Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry) and her main research interests include lipid analysis from industrial fermentation by-products using chromatographic techniques (GC-FID, HPLC-ELSD and GC-QqQ) and determination of their bioactive properties.




Pimentel, L.L. & Rodríguez-Alcalá, L.M. (2021) Cholesterol, inflammation, and phospholipids: COVID-19 share traits with cardiovascular disease. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids 1866(1):158839 DOI: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2020.158839.

Fontes, A.L.; Pimentel, L.L.; Rodríguez-Alcalá, L.M. & Gomes, A.M. (2018) Effect of PUFA substrates on fatty acid profile of Bifidobacterium breve NCIMB 702258 and CLA/CLNA production in commercial semi-skimmed milk. Scientific Reports 8:15591. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33970-2.

Salsinha, S.; Pimentel, L.; Fontes, A.L.; Gomes, A.M. & Rodríguez-Alcalá, L.M. (2018) Microbial production of CLA and CLNA rely on a multienzymatic system. Invited Review. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. 82:e00019-18. DOI: 10.1128/MMBR.00019-18.

Pimentel, L.; Fontes, A.L; Salsinha, S.; Machado, M.; Correia, I.; Gomes, A.M.; Pintado, M. & Rodríguez-Alcalá, L.M. (2018) Suitable simple and fast methods for selective isolation of phospholipids as a tool for their analysis. Invited Review. Electrophoresis, 39: 1835-1845. DOI: 10.1002/elps.201700425.  

Pimentel, L.L.; Gomes, A.M.P.; Pintado, M.M.E. & Rodríguez-Alcalá, L.M. (2016) Isolation and Analysis of Phospholipids in Dairy Foods. Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry. Invited Review. DOI: 10.1155/2016/9827369.

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Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Researcher type

Post Doc

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