About this research group...

The Biobased and Biomedical Products Research Group has been reorganized to combine CBQF capacity to respond to National and EU priority for future growth of Bioeconomy and Circular Economy, reinforcing capacity and opportunities on the bio-based products. The group focuses on these challenges by exploring novel bioactives and bioproducts from renewable sources (including byproducts), promoting added value applications for food, quality of life and biomedical sectors and using metabolomics approaches to understand biological systems or processes. The group involves a multidisciplinary team to respond to R&I challenges with a wide range of competences. Besides the group receives regularly foreign researchers (ca. 10/year), reflecting the internationalization capacity and consolidated network with academia and industry, with technology transfer of 18 patents.

The group is organized in 3 laboratories:

Group Leader

Manuela Pintado


Bioactives and Bioproducts Research

Biobased and Biomedical Products


Working on integrated solutions to obtain value-added molecules/products from renewable sources, including microalgae, using bio-refinery approach and revealing composition and bioactive and functional properties to define sustainable and high added value applications towards different industrial synergies;


Associate professors

Isabel Braga da Cruz
Rui Manuel Santos Costa de Morais


Adma Nadja Ferreira de Melo
Bruno Campos
Ezequiel Coscueta
Maria Emilia Brassesco


Elisabete Maria da Cruz Alexandre
Patrícia Sofia Pinhanços Batista

PhD students

Ana Isabel Ribeiro Lopes
Ana Sofia Salsinha
Daniela Oliveira Resende
Débora Andreia Campelo Campos
Diana Castro
Glenise Bierhalz Voss
Helena Rodrigues
Jorge Miguel da Silva Pinto
José Carvalho Soares
Luís Castro
Manuela Machado
Maria Teresa Bonifácio Viana Lopes
Marta Isabel Correia Coelho
Marta Sofia de Almeida Mendes
Nadia Silva
Nádia Suati Caetano da Silva
Ricardo Gomez Garcia
Sara Alexandra Dias Marçal
Soudabeh Ghalamara
Tânia Isabel Bragança Ribeiro

Research fellows

Ana Alexandra Gonçalves Vilas Boas
Ana Carolina Cassoni
Ana Margarida Massa Faustino
Cindy Leonor Alves Dias
Dina Isabel Sousa Carvalho das Neves
Diva Alexandra Simões dos Santos Jesus
Helena Maria Araújo Rodrigues
Inês Gonçalves Valente Guimarães
Mariana da Luz Cabral Veiga
Pedro Bernardino Quintela Vale
Ricardo Jorge Guedes Paiva Freixo
Rita Sardão
Sara Alexandra dos Santos Cunha
Sofia Sousa

MSc students

Célia Maria da Silva Freitas Costa


Ana Paula Abreu
Maria João Valle Pereira
Hans-Peter Voss
Patricia Raquel Moreira
Sara Nunes
Silvia Moreira


Piccirillo C, Rocha C, Tobaldi DM, ullar RC, Labrincha JA, Ferreira MO, Castro PML, Pintado MME. (2014). A hydroxyapatite–Fe2O3 based material of natural origin as an active sunscreen filter. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2:5999-6009. doi: 10.1039/C4TB00984C

Costa EM, Silva S, Veiga M, Vicente S, Tavaria FK, Pintado ME. (2017). Investigation of chitosan's antibacterial activity against vancomycin resistant microorganisms and their biofilms. Carbohydrates Polymers 174:369-376. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.06.087

Madureira AR, Pereira A, Pintado M. (2016). Chitosan nanoparticles loaded with 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid and protocatechuic acid: Properties and digestion. Journal of Food Engineering 174:8-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2015.11.007

Raposo, M. F., Morais, A. M. B., Morais, R. M. S. C. (2016). Emergent Sources of Prebiotics: Seaweeds and Microalgae. Marine Drugs 14(2): E27. doi: 10.3390/md14020027

Yu Y-J, Amorim M, Marques C, Calhau C, Pintado M. (2016). Effects of whey peptide exctract on the growth of probiotics and microbiota. Journal of Functional Foods 21:507-516. doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2015.10.035

Biomaterials and Biomedical technology

Biobased and Biomedical Products


Research on biomaterials and biopolymer engineering for biomedical applications, focusing on wound healing and regeneration and on effective technologies for the terminal sterilization of sensitive biomedical polymers.


Assistant professor

Freni Tavaria


Sofia Caridade


Sara Baptista-Silva

PhD Students

Anabela Veiga
Beatriz Bernardes
Marta M. Duarte

Junior Researcher

Inês Silva


Oliveira AL, Silva SB, Borges SC, Alves PJ, Silk Sericin-based Hydrogel, Methods and Uses Thereof, Patent number 20161000045461 (2016); WO/2018/011732 (2018).

Guimarães I, Baptista-Silva S, Pintado M, Oliveira A.L. Polyphenols: A Promising Avenue in Therapeutic Solutions for Wound Care. Applied Sciences. 2021 Jan;11(3):1230. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031230.

Dias J.R., Oliveira da Silva S., Ribeiro N., Batista da Silva Sara, Costa-Pinto A.R., Alves N., Oliveira A.L., In Situ Enabling Approaches For Tissue Regeneration: Current Challenges And New Developments, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2020, 8:85 https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2020.00085.

Veiga A., Castro F., Rocha F, Oliveira A.L. Recent advances in silk sericin/calcium phosphate biomaterials. Frontiers in Materials. 2020; 7:24. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2020.00024.

Soares G.C., Learmonth D.A., Vallejo M.C., Davila S.P., González P., Sousa R.A. and Oliveira A.L., 2019. Supercritical CO2 technology: The next standard sterilization technique? Materials Science and Engineering: C, Volume 99, June 2019, p. 520-540. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2019.01.121.

Metabolomics & Signal

Biobased and Biomedical Products


Focused on a transversal knowledge detained by CBQF, applied to different biological systems (fermentation, physiological events, etc.) to enable a better understanding of phenomena through signal processing. Several synergies with other internal laboratories have been established to promote CBQF value.


Assistant professor

Pedro Miguel Rodrigues

Auxiliar Researcher

Clara Cecília Santana Sousa

PhD students

Ana Rita Araújo da Silva Monteiro Monforte (amonforte@porto.ucp.pt)

MSc students

Barbara Malafaya
Catarina Rocha
Francisca Monteiro
Ines Barbosa
Joana Soares
Raquel Janeiro
Ricardo Vieira


Castro, C. C.; Martins, R. C.; Teixeira, J. A.; Silva Ferreira, A. C., Application of a high-throughput process analytical technology metabolomics pipeline to Port wine forced ageing process. Food Chemistry 2014, 143 (0), 384-391.

Silva Teixeira, C. S.; Cerqueira, N. M. F. S. A.; Silva Ferreira, A. C., Unravelling the Olfactory Sense: From the Gene to Odor Perception. Chemical Senses 2015.

Monforte, A. R.; Jacobson, D.; Silva Ferreira, A. C., Chemiomics: Network Reconstruction and Kinetics of Port Wine Aging. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2015.

Silva Ferreira, A. C.; Monforte, A. R.; Teixeira, C. S.; Martins, R.; Fairbairn, S.; Bauer, F. F., Monitoring Alcoholic Fermentation: An Untargeted Approach. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2014, 62 (28), 6784-6793.

Monforte, A. R., Martins, S., & Silva Ferreira, A. C. (2017). Strecker Aldehydes Formation in Wine: New insights of the role of gallic acid, glucose and metals in phenylacetaldehyde formation. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.