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Elsa Mecha



Elsa Mecha

PhD student


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Name: Elsa Velez Mecha


ITQB – Food Functionality and Bioactives and Genetics and Genomics of Plant Complex Traits (PlantX)

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Apartado 127, 2781-901 Oeiras - PORTUGAL
Tel: (+351) 214 469 776   Fax: (+351) 214 411 277


Phaseolus vulgaris.  Bioactive compounds.  Aminoacids.  Volatile compounds. HPLC analysis. Statistical analysis. Enzymatic assays. Food habits. Health effects.


Academic qualifications

2021– PhD in Molecular Biosciences, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

2010 - Degree of Dietetics and Nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

2014 - Post-graduation in Data analysis, ISCTE, IUL, Lisbon, Portugal.

Professional experience


March 2013 - present - PhD student with the project “Phaseolus vulgaris L.: A contribution for the valorization of Portuguese varieties”. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, ITQB-UNL, Oeiras. Main supervisor: Prof. Maria do Rosário Bronze (FFUL, Portugal; ITQB, Portugal and IBET, Portugal). Co-supervisors: Dr. Carlota Vaz Patto (ITQB, Portugal) and Prof. Maria Eduardo Figueira (FFUL, Portugal).

April 2017 - Present - Research fellow in “LEGATO” project funded by EU, Ref.  ICQ 47 and PhD student with the project "Phaseolus vulgaris L.: A contribution for the valorization of Portuguese varieties".

01/09/2015 – 29/10/2015 - COST Action FA1403, Ref COST-STSM-ECOST-STSM-FA1403-290815-063873, Contribution to the identification of metabolites by MS after common beans ingestion. Düsseldorf University, Germany. 

August 2011 – January 2013 - Research fellow (BI) working in context of project “Exploiting antioxidants, flavours and aromas diversity on 'broa' bread maize breeding” funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Ref. PTDC/AGR-ALI/099285/2008., Portugal. Supervisors: Dr. Carlota Vaz Patto and Prof. Maria do Rosário Bronze.

October 2010 – August 2011 - Training in the chemical characterization of the pomegranate by spectrophotometric assay, HPLC-DAD and HPLC-DAD-MS analysis at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB) – Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Faculdade de Farmácia – Universidade de Lisboa. Supervisors: Prof. Maria do Rosário Bronze and Prof. Luis Vilas-Boas.



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