Dr. Luísa Serafim

CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials

Luísa Seuanes Serafim has a degree in Chemical Engineering, specialization in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon (1997). She receive her PhD degree in Biological Engineering, specialization on Microbial Technology from NOVA University of Lisbon in July 2004. She is Assistant Professor at University of Aveiro since 2008 where she lectures several courses related with Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She is a researcher of CICECO since 2009, integrating research line 3 (Sustainability and Health) and the focus group 4 (Biorefineries, Biobased Materials and Recycling). Her interest in biofuels production, namely bioethanol, from wastes, started when she joined CICECO’s research team. This work is being performed with the collaboration of several Portuguese companies, namely Caima and The Navigator Company. She has been working on the polyhydroxyalkanoates since 1997 with special focus on the development of processes using mixed microbial cultures, recombinant strains or extremophiles fed with industrial subproducts and wastes. She has also experience on the extraction, purification and characterization of these polymers. Other added-value products, including biosurfactants, constitute other research interests. Luísa Serafim has participated as Team Member in 9 National projects (JNICT, POCTI, POCI, PTDC, QREN), 1 European project (FP6) and 4 Bilateral collaboration projects with Italy (4 GRICES/CNR; 4 GRICES/CNRS). She is author of 41 papers in international peer review journals (h-index of 21), 7 books chapters, and more than 120 communications in national and international scientific meetings. She has one national patent. She has supervised 5 PhD students with one on going supervision; 41 MSc students with 4 on going supervision. She has been a peer reviewer for more than 20 International Scientific journal and Member of the Editorial Board of Fermentation (since 2016). Luísa Serafim has participated as evaluator for funding research proposal by International funding agencies (FP7, EPA, FWF).