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Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira 


Full Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal) and Director of the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO). President of the Scientific IFerreira1Councilof Natural and Environmental Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal, President of the Chromatography Group of the Portuguese Society of Chemistry and member of the Steering Committee "Strategic Basic Research" Foundation Flanders (FWO). She obtained her Degree in Biochemistry (1996) at the University of Porto (Portugal); Master in Sciences (1999), PhD in Sciences- Chemistry (2003), and “Aggregation” in Sciences- Chemistry (2011) at the University of Minho (Portugal). She was awarded by different institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2001), ISPROF (2013) for the achievements in helping the Portuguese Science to progress, COTNH (2014) for international cooperation, Women in Science (2016) by Ciência Viva and merit medal of Bragança (2017), and has supervised several post-doc, PhD and master students. She is associate editor of Food & Function (a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry), principal investigator of several national and international financed research projects, and evaluator of international research projects (e.g., Eurostars, ERA-NET ARIMNet 2 and LEAP-Agri from EU and National Science Foundations of Austria, South Africa, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Argentine), and national projects and post-doc and PhD grants from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT; Coordinator in the area of Food Technology and Agricultural Biotechnology). She is the editor of two international books and of the topical collection Bioactive Compounds in Molecules Journal, and has published several patents, 24 international book chapters and over 460 papers in refereed journals. She is a highly cited scientist (top 1%) in Agricultural Sciences (awarded by Clarivate Analytics, former Thomson Reuters- 2015, 2016 and 2017).




Highly cited

Highly cited 2016




Research Interests: 

1) Chemistry of Natural Products: Extraction and identification of phytochemicals. i) Chromatographic/spectrometric techniques. ii) Analysis of primary and secondary metabolites (expertise in bioactive compounds).
2) Development of nutraceuticals and innovative food formulations with functional properties. i) Evaluation of antioxidant, antimicrobial and antitumor properties of phenolic-based extracts/compounds; Hepatotoxicity assays. iii) Incorporation of phenolic extracts/compounds (free or protected) in food formulations.

3) Technology of Natural Products: i) physical conservation of food matrices. i) Gamma and electron beam irradiation of food products. ii) Development of natural ingredients to be used as preserving or coloring agents.



H Index: 51

Researcher ID: E-8500-2013

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4910-4882

SCOPUS ID: 36868826600


Telephone: +351273303219      Fax: +351273325405


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Address: Polytechnic Institute of Bragança,

Mountain Research Centre, School of Agriculture

Campus de Santa Apolónia, 1172,

5301-855 Bragança, Portugal