Caring about the future

Paula Cristina Alvito

Paula Cristina Alvito

Assistant Researcher

  • Researcher ID: B-6977-2014
  • ORCID: 0000-01-8396-1357
  • Ciencia ID: 3B14-020B-5FB1
  • Department: Food and Nutrition; National Institute of Health
  • Research Group: Stress Biology (SB)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: B-6977-2014

Research interests

food safety
food contaminants
food toxicology
risk assessment
risk-benefit assessment of foods
human biomonitoring

Academic degrees

1986- Degree Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa
2001- PhD Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa "Determinaçao de toxinas Paralizantes (PSP) de dinoflagelados marinhos e bactérias associadas"

Scientific activities

1988-89- Fellowship National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge, IP, Lisbon (INSA) on Laboratory of Experimental Microbiology (LME), working on determination of marine biotoxins by chemical and mice bioassys
1989-2001- Research Assistant, INSA, Laboratory of Experimental Microbiology (LME), developing studies on marine biotoxins research and associated bacteria
2001 until now- Scientific researcher at Food and Nutrition Department, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Lisboa, PT and CESAM integrated member (2016)
Ongoing activities:
Projet coordinator: RB4EU (EFSA, international funding), earlyMYCO (FCT, national funding)
Member of projects (international): HBM4EU (Chemical Group Leader for mycotoxins, H2020)
Member of projects (national): INGESTnano, SafeGrains
Member of Editorial Board: World Mycotoxin Journal
Coordination international Conferences: ICFC2015,17,19 and science communication meetings (Science and culture: what a mixture!)
PhD and MSc supervison,
Reviewer scientifc journals on food safety



earlyMYCO - Early-life exposure to MYCOtoxins and its impact on health See more

Human Biomonitoring for Europe - Science and policy for a healthy future See more

RiskBenefit4EU: Partnering to strengthen the risk-benefit assessment within EU using a holistic approach See more

Mycomix-Exploring the toxic effects of mixtures of mycotoxins in infant food and potential health impact See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): André Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Mariana Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Tânia Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Maria João Barreira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Tavares (not a CESAM member)

Bolseira de Investigação (Main Supervisor): Ana Tavares (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Carla Teles Martins (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ricardo Manuel Abreu de Assunção (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Paula Cristina Santos (not a CESAM member)

Participation in research projects and networks

earlyMYCO - early-life exposure to MYCOtoxins and its impact on health/Exposição precoce a MICOtoxinas e potencial impacto na saúde (PTDC/MED-TOX/28762/2017), FCT. Coordinator.

RiskBenefit4EU - Partnering to strengthen The Risk Benefit Assessment within EU using a holistic approach (GP/EFSA/AFSCO/2017/01 - GA02), EFSA. Coordinator.

Projeto Incentivo de Estudos de Biomonitorização Humana de Âmbito Nacional (BioMAN), INSA. Coordinator.

SafeGrains, Contaminação de cereais e derivados armazenados por pragas de insectos e fungos/Stored grain contamination by insect pests and fungi (PTDC/ASP‐PLA/28350/2017). FCT

INGESTnano- Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity of Ingested Nanomaterials/ Mecanismos Celulares e Moleculares de Toxicidade dos Nanomateriais Ingeridosand toxicity of ingested nanomaterials  (PTDC/SAU-PUB/29481/2017), FCT

Avaliação da exposição e caracterização de risco associado ao consumo de hidrocarbonetos policíclicos aromáticos e amidas heterocíclicas aromáticas em alimentos cárneos comercializados em Ribeirão Preto/SP (2016-17)

The European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU). H2020, 2017-21.

MYCOMIX, Exploring the toxic effects of  mixtures of mycotoxins in infant food and  potential health impact FCT (PTDC/DTP-FTO/0417/2012). Coordinator.

CESAM, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

COST Action FA 1005 INFOGEST, EU. Improving Health Properties of Food by Sharing our Knowledge on the Digestive Process,

COST ACTION FA 1402 ImpARAS (2014-19). Improving Allergy Risk Assessment Strategy for new proteins;

Total Diet Study Exposure- FP7-KBBE , Proj Nº289108


CESAM Funding: