Marisa Nicolai

Marisa Nicolai


Marisa Nicolai has a degree in Chemistry (2001), a master’s degree in teaching of Physics and Chemistry (2012) and PhD in Chemistry (2009). She is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Lusófona. Since 2001 on, she has published several papers in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters, and dissemination publications. Marisa Nicolai reviewed more than fifty papers published in international journals. She is currently the guest editor of a special issue. and author/co-author of more than one hundred oral communications and posters in international and national meetings. She has received three awards. Currently she is supervising a PhD student, several master dissertations and participated in several academic juries. M. Nicolai is a member of the Scientific Council of the School of Health Sciences and Technologies of Universidade Lusófona, since 2015, and Member of the Pedagogical Council of Universidade Lusófona since 2019. She has integrated the Organizing Committee of some international and national meetings and participates frequently in public outreach activities. She is presently interested in research involving health sciences and human nutrition, where she applies her skills in analytical chemistry, embracing her expertise in chromatographic techniques, mass spectrometry, cell culture, including cytotoxicity assays. These researches may impact the development of nutritional and therapeutic approaches.


  • Doutoramento
  • Mestrado
    Mestrado em Ensino de Física e de Química
  • Licenciatura


Journal article

  • 2023-06-27, Food Frequency Questionnaire to Assess Fiber Intake and Its Relationship with Health, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • 2023-03-24, Effect of Grape Pomace Flour in Savory Crackers: Technological, Nutritional and Sensory Properties, Foods
  • 2023, Influence of Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling on Portuguese Consumers’ Food Preferences - a Preliminary Study, Research Journal of Food and Nutrition
  • 2022-08-23, Low Platinum-Content Electrocatalysts for Highly Sensitive Detection of Endogenously Released H2O2, Biosensors
  • 2022-07, Ionic exchange membranes in the pharmaceutical industry – Review, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2022-06, Ionic liquids as tools to improve gel formulations containing sparingly soluble phenolic acids, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2022-04-23, Impact of Portuguese propolis on keratinocyte proliferation, migration and ROS protection: Significance for applications in skin products, International Journal of Cosmetic Science
  • 2022, Grape Pomace Flour: from winemaking by-product to sustainable alternative for health benefits, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2021-12-31, Rapid UV-Vis spectroscopy methods for quantification of ranitidine tablets, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2021-03, Preliminary sensory evaluation of grpe pomace flour sweet cookies, Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research Journal
  • 2021-01-01, Screening the dermatological potential of Plectranthus species components: antioxidant and inhibitory capacities over elastase, collagenase and tyrosinase, Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2020-11-29, Grape Pomace: A Potential Ingredient for the Human Diet, Foods
  • 2020-11-14, Development of New Catalytic Material for Accurate Detection of Biological Biomarkers Related to Most Common Non-Communicable Diseases, Proceedings
  • 2020-09-10, Biomolecules and Electrochemical Tools in Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance: A Systematic Review, Biosensors
  • 2020-06-10, Assessment of the Potential Skin Application of Plectranthus ecklonii Benth., Pharmaceuticals
  • 2020, Preliminary sensory evaluation of salty crackers with grape pomace flour,Avaliação sensorial preliminar de bolachas salgadas de farinha de bagaço de uva, Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2020, Amino acid profile of foods from the Portuguese Total Diet Pilot Study, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis
  • 2019, Cytotoxic effect of antioxidants found in food from plant origin on human osteosarcoma U2OS cells,Efeito citotóxico de antioxidantes de alimentos de origem vegetal em células de osteossarcoma humano U2OS, Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2019, Cytotoxic Activity of Royleanone Diterpenes from Plectranthus madagascariensis Benth, ACS Omega
  • 2019, Comparison Study of Different Extracts of Plectranthus madagascariensis, P. neochilus and the Rare P. porcatus (Lamiaceae): Chemical Characterization, Antioxidant, Antimicrobial and Cytotoxic Activities, Biomolecules
  • 2018-12, Vitis vinera L. pomace: chemical and nutritional characterization, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2018, Supercritical CO2 Extracts and Volatile Oil of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) Comparison with Conventional Methods, Separations
  • 2018, Anticancer properties of the abietane diterpene 6,7-dehydroroyleanone obtained by optimized extraction, Future Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2018, Acetylcholinesterase Choline-Based Ionic Liquid Inhibitors: In Vitro and in Silico Molecular Docking Studies, ACS Omega
  • 2017-12, Carbohydrates in Ankistrodesmus braunii biomass cultivated in tubular photobioreactors, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2017, Design and evaluation of novel topical formulation with olive oil as natural functional active, Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
  • 2016-12, Production of fermented Thai red glutinous rice using an isolated Monascus purpureus NART001 from commercially available Chinese red fermented rice, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2016-07, Antioxidant activity and rosmarinic acid content of ultrasound-assisted ethanolic extracts of medicinal plants, Measurement
  • 2016, Unsaponifiable matter from oil of green coffee beans: cosmetic properties and safety evaluation, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
  • 2015-10, Cytotoxicity screening of Plectranthus spp. extracts and individual components in MDA-MB-231 cells, Toxicology Letters
  • 2015, Electrochemical behaviour of a cobalt-chromium-molybdenum dental alloy in artificial salivas, Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering
  • 2014-10, Abietane diterpenes from Plectranthus madagascariensis: A cytotoxicity screening, Planta Medica
  • 2014-06, Supplement - CBiOS Science Sessions - 2014, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2014-06, Optimization of the encapsulation efficiency of a novel oral insulin delivery nanosystem, Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research
  • 2014, Lysozyme Release from Lipid-Based Implants, Advanced Materials Research
  • 2014, Lipid-Based Implants: Impact of Formulation Parameters, Advanced Materials Research
  • 2014, Antimicrobial plant extracts encapsulated into polymeric beads for potential application on the skin, Polymers
  • 2011, Sulfated polysaccharides in marine sponges: extraction methods and anti-HIV activity, Marine Drugs
  • 2011, Biocatalytic formation of synthetic melanin: The role of vanadium haloperoxidases, L-DOPA and iodide, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry

Thesis / Dissertation

  • 2020, Master, O diagnóstico na diabetes : estudo numa farmácia comunitária
  • 2019, Master, Análises sanguíneas na detecção de cancro
  • 2016, Master, Estudo da libertação de lisozima usando implantes lipídicos como sistemas de veiculação
  • 2015, Master, Infeções e utilização de antibióticos na ortopedia
  • 2015, Master, Contribuição do tratamento com fármacos antiepiléticos para o declínio cognitivo na epilepsia
  • 2014, Master, Inibidores de tirosinase e novas técnicas laboratoriais de separação de produtos naturais bioactivos
  • 2012, Master, Tarefas de investigação com recurso aos wikis no ensino da tabela periódica dos elementos : um estudo com alunos do 9.º ano de escolaridade
  • 2009, PhD, Caracterização de macromoleculas biológicas de organismos marinhos

Book chapter

  • 2022, The Influence of Some Contaminants in Food Quality, Mycotoxins and Food Safety, IntechOpen


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