Catarina Gonçalves

Staff Research
Food Processing and Nutrition

Catarina Gonçalves is currently a staff researcher in the Food Processing and Nutrition Group, in the Foodture Cluster. She works in vitro digestion models to evaluate the safety and efficiency of nanostructures for food applications. A microfluidic-based device is being developed to simulate the complete gastrointestinal tract including a cell-based module (Caco-2 and HT29-MTX cell lines derived from the human intestinal epithelium) to predict intestinal responses. Catarina also performs in vitro cytotoxicity tests, such as cell viability, membrane integrity and ROS generation.

Catarina holds a Diploma (2004) in Chemical Engineering, from ISEP, Porto and a PhD degree (2010) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. As a postdoctoral researcher (2010-2016) at the Centre of Biological Engineering, in Braga, she worked on the chemical modification of natural polymers for nanogels preparation (through self-assembly) and their physic-chemical characterization, nanoencapsulation and release studies (small molecules and proteins), cytotoxicity evaluation and in vivo biodistribution studies (mice and rat models). Catarina also worked with radiolabeled nanogels stabilizing γ-Fe2O3 for use as dual modality probe, combining SPECT and MRI.

Selected Publications