Chemical Process Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre

Maria Teresa Batista

Maria Teresa Batista

Maria Teresa Pereira Marques Batista

Retired Associate Professor; Researcher

PhD in Pharmacy, speciality in Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, University of Coimbra, 1995

Diploma in Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, 1972

Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, 1970

E-mail address
Research group
Particles, Polymers and Biomaterials Technology (PPB)
Research interests

Medicinal Plants


Biological activities, namely antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Recovery of waste from plant material

Funded research projects

IBERPHENOL - "Red cooperativa de investigación en el ámbito de polifenoles y sus aplicaciones industriales" Project EP - INTERREG V A España Portugal (POCTEP) (2017-2019)

NUTRACORK - "Phenolic compounds of cork: cosmetic validation, alimentary evaluation and nutraceutic potential" - 21597/2011 Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional (QREN) – Empresas em co-promoção University of Coimbra with Amorim Cork Research and Services, Lda. (2011-2013)

"Anti-inflammatory mechanism and properties of medicinal plants: a multidisciplinary research for their validation and utilization as a source of phytopharmaceuticals". PTDC/SAU-FCF/105429/2008 (FCT) (2010-2013)

"Solanum sisymbriifolium: A potential alternative to agrochemical control of potato cyst and root-knot nematodes". PTDC/AGR-AAM/101817/2008 (FCT) (2010-2013)

BIOACTIVECORK - "Extracção e isolamento de compostos de elevado potencial biológico de subprodutos da indústria corticeira" – 5455/2010 Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional (QREN) – Empresas em co-promoção University of Coimbra with Amorim Cork Research and Services, Lda. (2010-2012)

Key publications

Olga Cardoso, Maria Manuel Donato, Cristina Luxo, Nuno Almeida, Joana Liberal, Artur Figueirinha, Maria Teresa Batista. "Anti-Helicobacter pylori potential of Agrimonia eupatoria L. and Fragaria vesca”. Journal of Functional Foods, 2018, 44: 299–303. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2018.03.027

Carvalho AR, Costa G, Artur Figueirinha, Joana Liberal, João AV Prior, Maria Celeste Lopes, Maria Teresa Cruz, Maria Teresa Batista. “Urtica spp.: Phenolic composition, safety, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities". Food Research International, 2017, 99: 485-494. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodres.2017.06.008

Joana Liberal, Anália Carmo, Célia Gomes, Maria Teresa Cruz, Maria Teresa Batista. "Urolithins impair cell proliferation, arrest the cell cycle and induce apoptosis in UMUC3 bladder cancer cells". Investigational New Drugs, 2017, 35: 671-681. DOI: 10.1007/s10637-017-0483-7

Francisco V, Figueirinha A, Costa G, Liberal J, Ferreira I, Lopes M, García-Rodríguez C, Cruz M T, Batista M T. "The flavone luteolin inhibits liver X receptor activation". Journal of Natural Products, 2016, 79: 1423-1428. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00146

Gustavo Costa, Helena Grangeia, Artur Figueirinha, Isabel Vitória Figueiredo, Maria Teresa Batista. "Influence of harvest date and material quality on polyphenolic content and antioxidant activity of Cymbopogon citratus infusion". Industrial Crops and Products, 2016, 83: 738-745. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.12.008

Gustavo Costa, João Pinto Ferreira, Carla Vitorino, Maria Eugénia Pina, João José Sousa, Isabel Vitória Figueiredo, Maria Teresa Batista."Polyphenols from Cymbopogon citratus leaves as topical anti-inflammatory agents.Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2016, 178: 222–228. DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.12.016

Gustavo Costa, Susana Gonzalez-Manzano, Ana Gonzalez-Paramas, Isabel V Figueiredo, Celestino Santos-Buelga and Maria Teresa Batista. "Flavan hetero-dimers in Cymbopogon citratus infusion tannin fraction and their contribution to the antioxidant activity". Food & Function, 2015, 6: 932 - 937. DOI:  10.1039/C5FO0004

Filipa Tavares, Gustavo Costa, Vera Francisco, Joana Liberal, Artur Figueirinha, Maria Celeste Lopes, Maria Teresa Cruz, Maria Teresa Batista. "Cymbopogon citratus industrial waste as a potential source of bioactive compounds". Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2015, 95: 2652-2659. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.6999

Joana Liberal, Vera Francisco, Gustavo Costa, Artur Figueirinha, Maria Teresa Amaral, Carla Marques, Henrique Girão, Maria Celeste Lopes, Maria Teresa Cruz, Maria Teresa Batista."Bioactivity of Fragaria vesca leaves through inflammation, proteasome and autophagy modulation". Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014, 158: 113–122. DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.09.043

Vera Francisco, Artur Figueirinha, Gustavo Costa, Joana Liberal, Maria Celeste Lopes, Carmen García-Rodríguez, Carlos F.G.C. Geraldes, Maria T. Cruz, Maria T. Batista. "Chemical characterization and anti-inflammatory activity of luteolin glycosides isolated from lemongrass". Journal of Functional Foods, 2014, 10: 436–443. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2014.07.003

Theses supervision

"Potential value of Solanum spp. (Solanum linnaeanum and S. sisymbriifolium) for sustainable agriculture". Laura Soraia Perpétuo - ongoing PhD thesis. SFRH/BD/129184/2017

"Acanthus mollis as source of new health care products". Patrícia Raquel da Silva Matos - ongoing PhD thesis.

“Fragaria vesca leaf as a source of bioactive phytochemicals - a focus on ellagitannins and their human microflora metabolites" (2016). Joana Manuela Torres Liberal - PhD. SFRH/BD/72918/2010

“Cymbopogon citratus and its polyphenols as potential phytotherapeutic products: an in vivo approach" (2016). Gustavo Franco Ferreira da Costa - PhD

"Drug discovery of new anti-inflammatory phytochemicals using in vitro bio-guided assays: The case study of Cymbopogon citratus” (2013). Vera Lúcia Gomes Francisco - PhD. SFRH/BD/46281/2008

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ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4183-6202