She holds a Doctorate from the University of Coimbra where she is currently an Auxiliary Professor and President of the Pedagogical Council. She is responsible for coordinating Doctorate and Master’s Degree theses on Pharmocognosy and Phytotherapy.
Her main areas of interest are: isoflavones with “estrogenic-like” activity used in post-menopause THS; “benzodiazepine-like” flavones that stabilize and regulate sleep; anti-tumour activity, the anti-oxidant and the anti-radical activity of flavones. In the last twenty years she has published several scientific articles, chapters and books, amongst which the following are particularly noteworthy: Efeitos Tóxicos Provocados por Plantas Espontâneas de Portugal [“Toxic effects caused by Portuguese spontaneous Plants”] by Campos M. G., Proença da Cunha A., Ed. Associação Nacional de Farmácias, Lisboa. 2001; Neuropharmacological evaluation of the putative anxiolytic effect of Passiflora edulis Sims. its sub-fractions and flavonoid constituents. Phytotherapy Research by Coleta M., Batista M. T., Campos M. G., Carvalho R., Cotrim M. D., Lima T. C. M., P. da Cunha A.; Antioxidant Activity of Monofloral Honeybee-Collected Pollen of Mesquite (Prosopis Juliflora, Leguminosae) by Almaraz-Abarca N., Campos M. G., Ávila-Reyes J. A., Naranjo-Jiménez N., Herrera Corral J., Silvia González-Valdez L. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis.
Since 2004 she has been the lead researcher on the international project “IHC work group on bee pollen standards” – as part of the IHC Group “Standards for bee products other than honey” – Quality control norms to be proposed to the European Community as a Community Directive.