Nelson Fernando Mota Carvalho

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Nelson Fernando Mota Carvalho

I have a BSc in Microbiology (2016) and MSc in Applied Microbiology (2018) at Faculty of Biotechnology of Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Currently working as a Lab assistant/ PhD student at Alchemy Project - developing in vitro models to test bioactive properties from sugar cane functional by-products. Between 2017 and 2018, for my master’s thesis, I was part of an ERASMUS program in the University of Reading (United Kingdom) in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences to study the in vitro impact of insect flours on the human gut microbiota. I have experience in the field of prebiotics and probiotics, food microbiology and gut microbiota. I am interested in the topic of the gut microbiota and its metabolism, as well as the impact of food/ feed in human and animal's well-being and health.




de Carvalho, N.M.; Costa, E.M.; Silva, S.; Pimentel, L.; Fernandes, T.H.; Pintado, M.E. Fermented Foods and Beverages in Human Diet and Their Influence on Gut Microbiota and Health. Fermentation 2018, 4, 90, doi:10.3390/fermentation4040090.

de Carvalho, N.M.; Walton, G.E.; Poveda, C.G.; Silva, S.N.; Amorim, M.; Madureira, A.R.; Pintado, M.E.; Gibson, G.R.; Jauregi, P. Study of in vitro digestion of Tenebrio molitor flour for evaluation of its impact on the human gut microbiota. J. Funct. Foods 2019, 59, 101–109, doi:10.1016/j.jff.2019.05.024.

de Carvalho, N.M.; Teixeira, F.; Silva, S.; Madureira, A.R.; Pintado, M. Potential prebiotic activity of Tenebrio molitor insect flour using an optimized in vitro gut microbiota model. Food Funct. 2019, doi:10.1039/C8FO01536H.

de Carvalho, N.M.; Madureira, A.R.; Pintado, M.E. The potential of insects as food sources–a review. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. 2019, 1–11. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2019.1703170.

de Carvalho, N.M.; Oliveira, D.L.; Saleh, M.A.D.; Pintado, M.E.; Madureira, A.R. Importance of gastrointestinal in vitro models for the poultry industry and feed formulations. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 2020, 114730. doi: 10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2020.114730.

Researcher Center

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Researcher type

PhD student

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