Márcio Carocho, PhD
CIMO - Centro de Investigação de Montanha
Márcio Carocho is a junior researcher at the Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO) of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) in Portugal. He obtained his bachelor in Biotechnologic Engineering in 2009 and a master’s degree in Biotechnology in 2011, both from IPBl. He concluded his European PhD in Pharmacy in 2016, at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, winning the prize of best thesis of the year at the faculty.
During his PhD he worked in food science, and chemistry of natural products, developing new foods and using plant extracts as natural ingredients and preservatives, having performed two research stays abroad, one at CIMO, and another at the Institute of Biological Research Siniša Stankovic at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He then worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow having won the position from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), to carry out research at CIMO and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in Portugal, culminating in the development of a food coating solution, SpraySafe (patent pending), which won the “European Social Innovation Competition” in 2019, awarded by the European Commission.
Today, as contracted junior researcher of CIMO, having won one of the national Scientific Employment contracts from FCT, beyond working with food additives, he is now extracting plat volatiles for application in the food industry. He has taken part in 16 technology transfer missions with the industry, both locally and nationwide. According to SCOPUS, he has an h-index of 15 and 1865 citations from the 36 scientific articles he has published. He has also published 9 book chapters, has taken part in over 80 scientific events, having been an invited lecturer at 6 conferences, and presented at various science dissemination forums. He has been a member of 8 financed national and international research projects. He is currently an editor of MDPI’s “Sustainability”, “Foods”, “Oxygen” and “Challenges” journals, and Hindawi’s “Journal of Food Quality”, having led 6 special issues, in indexed journals. He currently supervises 5 master students.