Freni Kekhasharú Tavaria

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Freni Kekhasharú Tavaria

Freni K. Tavaria has a Bachelors’ degree in Biology and a PhD in Biotechnology and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portuguese Catholic University where she teaches Microbiology, Cell Culture and Immunology and the Coordinator of the Microbiology degree. Her research interests are in Applied Microbiology, more specifically in the area of Biomedical applications. She has co-authored +60 papers in international journals and participated in a vast number of projects dealing with antimicrobial aspects/solutions for food, skin and oral health issues. She is currently a member of the Direction Board of CBQF and head of the Biobased and Biomedical Products group.




Costa E, Silva S, Veiga M, Tavaria FK, Pintado MM (2022). Insights Into the Biocompatibility and Biological Potential of a Chitosan Nanoencapsulated Textile Dye. J Applied Polymer Science, 2022,

Lizardo MVP, Tavaria FK. Probiotics and Skin Health (2022). In Probiotics: Advanced Food and Health Applications. Adriano Brandelli (ed.). Elsevier, Academic Press. ISBN: 978-0-323-85170-1

Baptista-Silva S, Alves P, Guimarães I, Borges S, Tavaria F, Granja P, Pintado M and Oliveira AL (2022). A View on Polymer-Based Composite Materials for Smart Wound Dressings. In Advances in Material Research and Technology. Polymeric and Natural Composites Materials, Manufacturing and Biomedical Applications. Md Saquib Hasnain, Amit Kumar Nayak and. Saad Alkahtani (eds). Springer.

Costa E, Silva S, Veiga M, Batista P, Tavaria F, Pintado MM (2021). Textile dyes loaded chitosan nanoparticles: characterization, biocompatibility and staining capacity. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2021, 251, 117120.

Araújo-Rodrigues H, Tavaria FK, Santos MT, Alvarenga N, Pintado, MM (2020). Tecnologia de produção do queijo Serpa DOP: tradição, inovação e Fatores limitantes. Tecnoalimentar, 2020, 23, 4-7.

Araújo-Rodrigues H, Tavaria FK, Santos MT, Alvarenga N, Pintado MM (2019). Tecnologia de produção do queijo Serpa DOP: tradição, inovação e fatores limitantes. Parte II. Tecnoalimentar, 2019, 22, 4-8.

Araújo-Rodrigues H, Tavaria FK, Santos MT, Alvarenga N, Pintado MM (2019). A review on microbiological and technological aspects of Serpa PDO cheese: An ovine raw milk cheese. International Dairy Journal, 2019, 100, 10456.

Lopes AI, Tavaria FK, Pintado M (2019). Conventional and natural compounds for the treatment of dermatophytosis. Medical Mycology, 2019, myz116,

Cardelle-Cobas A, Reis PJ, Costa EM, Tavaria FK, Pintado MM (2018). Antimicrobial and mechanical properties of chitosan-impregnated gutta-percha points. International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 2018, 68, 481-488,

Costa EM, Silva S, Veiga M, Tavaria F, Pintado MM (2018). Chitosan’s biological activity upon skin-related microorganisms and its potential textile applications. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2018, 34, 93,

Lopes A, Tavaria FK, Pintado M (2017). Application of chitosan in the control of fungal infections by dermatophytes. Annals of Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. J, 2017, 1(1), 1006, ISSN: 2576-5426.

Costa EM, Silva S, Vicente S, Veiga M, Tavaria F, Pintado MM (2017). Chitosan as an effective inhibitor of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2017, 178, 347-351,

Costa EM, Silva S, Veiga M, Tavaria F, Pintado MM (2017). A review of chitosan's effect on oral biofilms: Perspectives from the tube to the mouth. Journal of Oral Biosciences, 2017, 59(4), 205-210, doi: 10.1016/j.job.2017.07.001

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

Costa EM, Silva S, Tavaria FK, Pintado MM (2017) Insights into chitosan antibiofilm activity against methicillin-resistant S. aureus. J Applied Microbiol, 2017, 122 (6), 1547-1557, doi: 10.1111/jam.13457

Tavaria FK (2017). Topical use of probiotics: The natural balance. Porto Biomed. J, 2017, 2 (3), 69-70,

Lopes EG, Moreira DA, Gullón P, Gullón B, Cardelle-Cobas A, Tavaria FK (2016). Topical application of probiotics in skin: adhesion, antimicrobial and antibiofilm in vitro assays. J. Appl. Microbiol, 2016, 122, 450-461, doi:10.1111/jam.13349

Moreira D, Gullón B, Gullón P, Gomes A, Tavaria F. Bioactive packaging using antioxidant extracts for the prevention of microbial spoilage.

Food and Function, 7, 3273-3282, DOI: 10.1039/C6FO00553E

Tavaria FK, Jorge MP, Ruiz AL, Pintado ME, Carvalho JE (2016). Anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic and wound healing properties of chitosan. Current Bioactive Compounds 2016, 12(2), 114-122, doi: 10.2174/1573407212666160330204522

Gullón B, Gullón P, Tavaria F, Yáñez R (2016). Assessment of the prebiotic effect of quinoa and amaranth in the human intestinal ecosystem. Food & Function, 2016, 7(9), 3782-3788, doi: 10.1039/C6FO00924G.

Lopes C, Rocha L, Sokhatska O, Soares J, Tavaria F, Correia O, Pintado M, Fernandes S, Delgado L, Moreira A (2016). Filaggrin Polymorphism Pro478Ser Is Associated with the Severity of Atopic Dermatitis and Colonization by Staphylococcus aureus. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol, 2016, 26(1), 70-72. doi: 10.18176/jiaci.0017.



Research Lab: Biomaterials and Biomedical Technology


Assistant Professor

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