Congrats Doctor Catarina Pereira
The 23rd of May was a key moment in the career of our PhD candidate Catarina Guerreiro Pereira, as she presented and defended her thesis about “Chemical and biological characterization of halophyte plants with ethnopharmacological use in the Algarve coast”.
Catarina's work focused on the potential of medicinal halophytes as sources of bioactive compounds with health-promoting properties, while validating their traditional uses and searching for bioactivities. Five halophytes were assessed for in vitro antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-hyperpigmentation and anti-protozoan activities, and chemically characterized: Artemisia campestris subsp. maritima, Crithmum maritimum, Eryngium maritimum, Helichrysum italicum subsp. picardii and Plantago coronopus.
Awarded by the University of the Algarve, under the PhD program in Marine, Earth and Environmental Sciences, this thesis was supervised by Luísa Barreira (UAlg, CCMAR), Luísa Custódio (CCMAR) and Fernando Alberício Palomera (IBR, Institute of Biomedical Research from Barcelona)