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Elisabete Valente da Costa

Elisabete Valente da Costa

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID: N-3254-2018
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0309-5132
  • Ciencia ID: C317-EEE0-D64F
  • Departamento: Química
  • Grupo de Investigação: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture (MBA)
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Interesses de investigação

Lipidomics of algae & seaweeds by using chromatography and mass spectrometry-based approaches;
Life strategy, ecophysiology and ecology of seaweeds: biochemical composition and lipidome tuned by biotic and abiotic stressors;
Nutritional value and valorisation of algae and seaweeds to Novel Food Products;
Biological activities and health benefit effects of algae lipids to new therapeutics products;
Eco-friendly strategies for the extraction of bioactive lipids;
Valorisation of seaweeds following a Biorefinery concept: lipids, polysaccharides, proteins, pigments, and minerals for specific uses in industry.

Graus académicos

02/2018 - Ph.D. in Sustainable Chemistry: High-value added products from macroalgae: lipids as bioactive compounds

01/2008 – Master in Instrumental Methods and Analytical Quality Control:Study of ellagic acid profile in the kraft process of pulp from Eucalyptus globulus

2000 - First Degree in Industrial Chemistry, Processes and industrial synthesis: Study of the electroreduction reaction of hydrogen peroxide in alkaline solution on a surface of polycrystalline gold

Atividades científicas

1-04-2018/31-12-2020 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within framework of the project GENIALG – Genetic diversity exploitation for innovative macro-alga biorefinery (ANR-15-MRSE-0015) funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, under supervision of Dr. Ricardo Calado and Dr. Rosário Domingues.

2010/2013 - Research grant and member: FCT/ QOPNA/ UA: PTDC/QUI-QUI/100044/2008

2004/2007 - Researcher at RAIZ, Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e do Papel (The Navigator Company).

2003/2004 - Head of laboratory and quality control of accredited laboratory (EN17025) at RAIZ, Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e do Papel (The Navigator Company)

2002/2004 - Trainee research at RAIZ, Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e do Papel (The Navigator Company)

2000/2002 - Scientific laboratory technician, Portucel Cacia gPS (The Navigator Company)


2020 - Editor´s choice article, ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsaa121.
2019 - Honourable mention in the Biochemistry Day, Poster Awards, 15th May 2019
2017 - Award for the best 3rd cycle degree student of the Chemistry Department,9th June. Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
2017 - Second best showcase, Biorefinery and valorization of macroalgae,Conference of Materiais, 9-12th April. Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
2016 - Best oral communication: High added value products from macroalgae. First scientific meeting of the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Chemistry, 26th September. Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
2013 - Best Poster Award: Hydroxyl radical-induced oxidation of arabinotriose, a model of coffee arabinogalactan side chains. Award attributed during the 2nd International Congress on Cocoa Coffee and Tea. Napoles, Italy (M. Domingues, A. Moreira, E. Costa, D. Evtyugin, F. Nunes and M. Coimbra)

Member of the organization of scientific events and conferences

Member of the organization and instructor in practical Advanced Specialization Courses in Lipidomics and Glycomics

Member of the organization of the 2nd edition of the conference Lipids in the Ocean

Referee/issued opinions on scientific articles for international journals
1 - Molecules
2 - Algal Research
3 - Grasas e Aceites
4 - Antioxidants
5 - Scientific Reports
6 - Marine Drugs

Other projects

2010-2013 FCT/ QOPNA/UA:PTDC/QUI-QUI/100044/2008 (Concluded)
Researcher and member
Study of structural modifications induced by thermal and oxidative degradation in oligo and polysaccharides by advanced mass spectrometry

2014-2019 PTDC/CVT-WEL/5207/2014
Member (ongoing)
From zebrafish to meagre: use of macro- and microalgae as functional feed
Partners: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química da
Universidade de Aveiro, CIIMAR.



Omics4Algae - Ferramentas lipídicas para a fenotipagem química, rastreabilidade e valorização de macroalgas marinhas da aquicultura como fonte sustentável de compostos de alto valor Ver mais

Rem-Aqua - Remediação de efluentes de aquacultura através da degradação com recurso a fotosensibilizadores Ver mais

TraSeafood - Rastreabilidade da Origem Geográfica como uma Via de Valorização Inteligente dos Recursos Marinhos Endógenos Ver mais

GENIALG - Exploração da diversidade genética para estratégias inovadoras de biorefinaria de macroalgas Ver mais

Orientações científicas

First Degree in Biochemistry - Project (Orientador Principal): Francisco Duarte (not a CESAM member)

First Degree in Biotechnology - Project (Orientador Principal): Daniela Duarte (not a CESAM member)

First Degree project (Orientador Principal): Francisco Duarte (not a CESAM member)

First Degree project (Orientador Principal): Daniela Patrícia Duarte (not a CESAM member)

Current research interests

  • Lipidomic studies of macroalgae by using chromatographic and mass spectrometry approaches: taxonomic variation and environmental and/or physiological response of lipids;

  •  Evaluation of the biological functionality of algae lipids in therapeutic and nutraceutical;

  •  New friendly methodologies in the extraction of bioactive compounds;

  • Composition of macroalgae (polysaccharides, proteins, pigments, and minerals) and biorefinery concept fostering the integral or fractionated valorization of biomass.

Short CV

Elisabete da Costa has graduated in Industrial Chemistry in the University of Coimbra and received her MSc in Instrumental Methods and Analytical Control, at the University of Aveiro, in 2008. Following the industrial career at Grupo PortucelSoporcel, she started her scientific career in 2010 at the University of Aveiro (CICECO/QOPNA/Centre of Mass Spectrometry), received her Ph.D. in Sustainable Chemistry entitled High added value products from macroalgae: lipids as bioactive compounds at the University of Aveiro and ALGAPlus company, in 2018. She is pursuing a research PosDoc of the project GENIALG – Genetic diversity exploitation for innovative macro-alga biorefinery (ANR-15-MRSE-0015) funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

She published thirteen original papers, delivered ten invited oral communications, ten poster communications in several national and international scientific meetings and has been member and researcher in national projects and several workshops promoting Mass Spectrometry, Chemistry and the Valorisation of Macroalgae as a sustainable resource. She has won 4 prizes, was scientific adviser of 1 B.Sc. and 2 M.Sc. students, was referee of 3 papers from international journals and has experience in the execution and planning of research projects.

Financiamento do CESAM: