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Sandrina Alves Heleno

Group: Sustainable Processes and Products
Supervisor: Isabel Cristina Fernandes Rodrigues Ferreira
Phone: 273303285
ORCID: 000-0001-7224-1098
Scopus Author ID: 30067731800


  • Since 2019: Junior Researcher (national funding by FCT, Foundation dor Science and Tecnhology) at CIMO-IPB, Portugal
  • 2015 - 2019: Pos-Doc researcher (SFRH/BPD/101413/2014)
  • 2015 - 2015: Pos-Doc researcher in the project ( NORTE-07-0124-FEDER- 0000014) - Polymer Reaction Engineering, Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering


  • 2014 - PhD. in Sciences, specialty in chemistry, University of Minho Minho, Braga, Portugal
  • 2010 - MSc. in Biotechnology, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal
  • 2008 - First degree in Biotechnological engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 - Ward for the best oral communication in the VIII Fórum Ibérico de Úlceras e Feridas, Guimarães, Portugal


  • Extraction, purification and characterization of bioactive compounds such as mycosterols present in mushrooms
  • Bioactivity extracts and isolated compounds from mushrooms
  • Synthesis of mycosterol derivatives: chemical characterization, bioactivity and stability
  • Development of novel functional foods through the incorporation of extracts and bioactive compounds
  • Stabilization of extracts and isolated compounds in foodstuff
  • Development of cosmeceutical formulations through the incorporation of extracts and bioactive compounds
  • Stabilization studies of extracts and compounds in cosmeceutical formulations


WASTESILK - Silk Sericin as an industrial wastewater with valuable biomedical potential
Funding body: PRIMA
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2021-01-01
End: 2024-01-01
Funding body: ERA-NET ERA-HDHL
Reference: SYSTEMIC
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2020-09-01
End: 2023-08-30
PreVineGrape - Desenvolvimento de um biofungicida para combate a doenças da videira
Funding body: POCI-FEDER
Principal Investigator:Sandrina Alves Heleno
Start: 2021-01-01
End: 2023-06-29
DeCodE - Bring natural colorants and preservers into a real alternative to artificial additives through a strategy of open data and experience based research
Funding body: FCT-SAICT
Principal Investigator:Isabel Cristina Fernandes Rodrigues Ferreira
Start: 2017-04-01
End: 2019-10-01

Total results: 62
Pedrosa M.C.,Lima L.,Heleno S.,Carocho M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Food metabolites as tools for authentication, processing, and nutritive value assessment
Foods, 10, , 2021

Vega E.N.,Molina A.K.,Pereira C.,Dias M.I.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Stojković D.,Soković M.,Carocho M.,Barreira J.C.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Anthocyanins from rubus fruticosus l. And morus nigra l. applied as food colorants: A natural alternative
Plants, 10, , 2021

Ceccanti C.,Finimundy T.C.,Heleno S.A.,Pires T.C.S.P.,Calhelha R.C.,Guidi L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Differences in the phenolic composition and nutraceutical properties of freeze dried and oven-dried wild and domesticated samples of Sanguisorba minor Scop
LWT, 145, , 2021

Roriz C.L.,Xavier V.,Heleno S.A.,Pinela J.,Dias M.I.,Calhelha R.C.,Morales P.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Chemical and bioactive features of amaranthus caudatus l. Flowers and optimized ultrasound-assisted extraction of betalains
Foods, 10, , 2021

Ueda J.M.,Pedrosa M.C.,Fernandes F.A.,Rodrigues P.,Melgar B.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Calhelha R.C.,Ivanov M.,Soković M.,Heleno S.A.,Carocho M.,Ineu R.P.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Promising preserving agents from sage and basil: A case study with yogurts
Foods, 10, , 2021

Gómez-Mejía E.,Roriz C.L.,Heleno S.A.,Calhelha R.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Rosales-Conrado N.,León-González M.E.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Valorisation of black mulberry and grape seeds: Chemical characterization and bioactive potential
Food Chemistry, 337, , 2021

Albuquerque B.R.,Heleno S.A.8.,Oliveira M.B.P.P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Phenolic compounds: Current industrial applications, limitations and future challenges
Food and Function, 12, 14-29, 2021

Pedrosa M.C.,Ueda J.M.,Melgar B.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Calhelha R.C.,Ivanov M.,Soković M.,Heleno S.,da Silva A.B.,Carocho M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Preservation of chocolate muffins with Lemon Balm, Oregano, and Rosemary extracts
Foods, 10, , 2021

Roriz C.L.,Heleno S.A.,Carocho M.,Rodrigues P.,Pinela J.,Dias M.I.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Morales P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Betacyanins from Gomphrena globosa L. flowers: Incorporation in cookies as natural colouring agents
Food Chemistry, 329, , 2020

Sampaio S.L.,Petropoulos S.A.,Alexopoulos A.,Heleno S.A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Potato peels as sources of functional compounds for the food industry: A review
Trends in Food Science and Technology, 103, 118-129, 2020

Carocho M.,Morales P.,Ciudad-Mulero M.,Fernández-Ruiz V.,Ferreira E.,Heleno S.,Rodrigues P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Comparison of different bread types: Chemical and physical parameters
Food Chemistry, 310, , 2020

Fernandes F.A.,Carocho M.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Prieto M.A.,Simal-Gandara J.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Effect of natural preservatives on the nutritional profile, chemical composition, bioactivity and stability of a nutraceutical preparation of aloe arborescens
Antioxidants, 9, , 2020

Martins N.,Heleno S.A.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
An upcoming approach to alzheimer's disease: Ethnopharmacological potential of plant bioactive molecules
Current Medicinal Chemistry, 27, 4344-4371, 2020

Corrêa R.C.G.,Heleno S.A.,Alves M.J.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Bacterial resistance: antibiotics of last generation used in clinical practice and the arise of natural products as new therapeutic alternatives
Current Pharmaceutical Design, 26, 815-837, 2020

Molina A.K.,Vega E.N.,Pereira C.,Dias M.I.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Kostić M.,Soković M.,Barreira J.C.M.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Promising antioxidant and antimicrobial food colourants from Lonicera caerulea L. var. Kamtschatica
Antioxidants, 8, , 2019

Rached W.,Barros L.,Ziani B.E.C.,Bennaceur M.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.A.,Alves M.J.,Marouf A.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS screening of phytochemical compounds and the bioactive properties of different plant parts of: Zizyphus lotus (L.) Desf.
Food and Function, 10, 5898-5909, 2019

Taofiq O.,Heleno S.A.,Calhelha R.C.,Fernandes I.P.,Alves M.J.,Barros L.,González-Paramás A.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Phenolic acids, cinnamic acid, and ergosterol as cosmeceutical ingredients: Stabilization by microencapsulation to ensure sustained bioactivity
Microchemical Journal, 147, 469-477, 2019

Cardoso R.V.C.,Fernandes Â.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Gonzaléz-Paramás A.M.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Physicochemical characterization and microbiology of wheat and rye flours
Food Chemistry, 280, 123-129, 2019

Mandim F.,Barros L.,Heleno S.,Pires T.,Dias M.,Alves M.,Santos P.,Ferreira I.
Phenolic profile and effects of acetone fractions obtained from the inflorescences of: Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull on vaginal pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria
Food and Function, 10, 2399-2407, 2019

Carocho M.,Heleno S.,Rodrigues P.,Barreiro M.F.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
A novel natural coating for food preservation: Effectiveness on microbial growth and physicochemical parameters
LWT, 104, 76-83, 2019

Rudke A.R.,Heleno S.A.,Fernandes I.P.,Prieto M.A.,Gonçalves O.H.,Rodrigues A.E.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Microencapsulation of ergosterol and Agaricus bisporus L. extracts by complex coacervation using whey protein and chitosan: Optimization study using response surface methodology
LWT, 103, 228-237, 2019

Ziani B.E.C.,Heleno S.A.,Bachari K.,Dias M.I.,Alves M.J.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Phenolic compounds characterization by LC-DAD- ESI/MSn and bioactive properties of Thymus algeriensis Boiss. & Reut. and Ephedra alata Decne
Food Research International, 116, 312-319, 2019

Da Silva R.,Barreira J.,Heleno S.,Barros L.,Calhelha R.,Ferreira I.
Anthocyanin profile of elderberry juice: A natural-based bioactive colouring ingredient with potential food application
Molecules, 24, , 2019

Mandim F.,Barros L.,Calhelha R.,Abreu R.,Pinela J.,Alves M.,Heleno S.,Santos P.,Ferreira I.
Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull: Chemical characterization, evaluation of its bioactive properties and effect on the vaginal microbiota
Food and Function, 10, 78-89, 2019

Taofiq O.,Heleno S.A.,Calhelha R.C.,Fernandes I.P.,Alves M.J.,Barros L.,González-Paramás A.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Mushroom-based cosmeceutical ingredients: Microencapsulation and in vitro release profile
Industrial Crops and Products, 124, 44-52, 2018

Almeida H.H.S.,Barros L.,Barreira J.C.M.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.A.,Sayer C.,Miranda C.G.,Leimann F.V.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Bioactive evaluation and application of different formulations of the natural colorant curcumin (E100) in a hydrophilic matrix (yogurt)
Food Chemistry, 261, 224-232, 2018

Halla N.,Heleno S.A.,Costa P.,Fernandes I.P.,Calhelha R.C.,Boucherit K.,Rodrigues A.E.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Chemical profile and bioactive properties of the essential oil isolated from Ammodaucus leucotrichus fruits growing in Sahara and its evaluation as a cosmeceutical ingredient
Industrial Crops and Products, 119, 249-254, 2018

Francisco C.R.L.,Heleno S.A.,Fernandes I.P.M.,Barreira J.C.M.,Calhelha R.C.,Barros L.,Gonçalves O.H.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Functionalization of yogurts with Agaricus bisporus extracts encapsulated in spray-dried maltodextrin crosslinked with citric acid
Food Chemistry, 245, 845-853, 2018

Rached W.,Zeghada F.Z.,Bennaceur M.,Barros L.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.,Alves M.J.,Carvalho A.M.,Marouf A.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Phytochemical analysis and assessment of antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic properties of Tetraclinis articulata (Vahl) Masters leaves
Industrial Crops and Products, 112, 460-466, 2018

Halla N.,Fernandes I.P.,Heleno S.A.,Costa P.,Boucherit-Otmani Z.,Boucherit K.,Rodrigues A.E.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Cosmetics preservation: A review on present strategies
Molecules, 23, , 2018

Oludemi T.,Barros L.,Prieto M.A.,Heleno S.A.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Extraction of triterpenoids and phenolic compounds from: Ganoderma lucidum: Optimization study using the response surface methodology
Food and Function, 9, 209-226, 2018

Ziani B.E.C.,Barros L.,Boumehira A.Z.,Bachari K.,Heleno S.A.,Alves M.J.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Profiling polyphenol composition by HPLC-DAD-ESI/MSn and the antibacterial activity of infusion preparations obtained from four medicinal plants
Food and Function, 9, 149-159, 2018

Taofiq O.,Heleno S.A.,Calhelha R.C.,Alves M.J.,Barros L.,González-Paramás A.M.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
The potential of Ganoderma lucidum extracts as bioactive ingredients in topical formulations, beyond its nutritional benefits
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 108, 139-147, 2017

Rached W.,Bennaceur M.,Barros L.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.,Alves M.J.,Carvalho A.M.,Marouf A.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Detailed phytochemical characterization and bioactive properties of: Myrtus nivelii Batt & Trab
Food and Function, 8, 3111-3119, 2017

Svobodova B.,Barros L.,Sopik T.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.,Alves M.J.,Walcott S.,Kuban V.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Non-edible parts of Solanum stramoniifolium Jacq.-a new potent source of bioactive extracts rich in phenolic compounds for functional foods
Food and Function, 8, 2013-2021, 2017

Svobodova B.,Barros L.,Calhelha R.C.,Heleno S.,Alves M.J.,Walcott S.,Bittova M.,Kuban V.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Bioactive properties and phenolic profile of Momordica charantia L. medicinal plant growing wild in Trinidad and Tobago
Industrial Crops and Products, 95, 365-373, 2017

Heleno S.A.,Rudke A.R.,Calhelha R.C.,Carocho M.,Barros L.,Gonçalves O.H.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Development of dairy beverages functionalized with pure ergosterol and mycosterol extracts: An alternative to phytosterol-based beverages
Food and Function, 8, 103-110, 2017

Antonio A.L.,Pereira E.,Pinela J.,Heleno S.,Pereira C.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Determination of antioxidant compounds in foodstuff
Food Safety: Innovative Analytical Tools for Safety Assessment, 179-220, 2016

Taofiq O.,Heleno S.A.,Calhelha R.C.,Alves M.J.,Barros L.,Barreiro M.F.,González-Paramás A.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Development of Mushroom-Based cosmeceutical formulations with Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Tyrosinase, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties
Molecules, 21, , 2016

Heleno S.A.,Prieto M.A.,Barros L.,Rodrigues A.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Optimization of microwave-assisted extraction of ergosterol from Agaricus bisporus L. by-products using response surface methodology
Food and Bioproducts Processing, 100, 25-35, 2016

Heleno S.A.,Diz P.,Prieto M.A.,Barros L.,Rodrigues A.,Barreiro M.F.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Optimization of ultrasound-assisted extraction to obtain mycosterols from Agaricus bisporus L. by response surface methodology and comparison with conventional Soxhlet extraction
Food Chemistry, 197, 1054-1063, 2016

Taofiq O.,Calhelha R.,Heleno S.,Barros L.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Queiroz M.,Ferreira I.
The contribution of phenolic acids to the anti-inflammatory activity of mushrooms: Screening in phenolic extracts, individual parent molecules and synthesized glucuronated and methylated derivatives
Food Research International, 76, 821-827, 2015

Heleno S.A.,Ferreira R.C.,Antonio A.L.,Queiroz M.J.R.P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Nutritional value, bioactive compounds and antioxidant properties of three edible mushrooms from Poland
Food Bioscience, 11, 48-55, 2015

Heleno S.A.,Barros L.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.J.R.P.,Morales P.,Fernández-Ruiz V.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Chemical composition, antioxidant activity and bioaccessibility studies in phenolic extracts of two Hericium wild edible species
LWT, 63, 475-481, 2015

Ferreira I.,Heleno S.,Reis F.,Stojkovic D.,Queiroz M.,Vasconcelos M.,Sokovic M.
Chemical features of Ganoderma polysaccharides with antioxidant, antitumor and antimicrobial activities
Phytochemistry, 114, 38-55, 2015

Heleno S.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.,Ferreira I.
Bioactivity of phenolic acids: Metabolites versus parent compounds: A review
Food Chemistry, 173, 501-513, 2015

Heleno S.,Barros L.,Martins A.,Morales P.,Fernández-Ruiz V.,Glamoclija J.,Sokovic M.,Ferreira I.
Nutritional value, bioactive compounds, antimicrobial activity and bioaccessibility studies with wild edible mushrooms
LWT - Food Science and Technology, 63, 799-806, 2015

Heleno S.A.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Ćirić A.,Glamočlija J.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.J.R.P.,Soković M.
Coprinopsis atramentaria extract, its organic acids, and synthesized glucuronated and methylated derivatives as antibacterial and antifungal agents
Food and Function, 5, 2521-2528, 2014

Heleno S.,Ferreira I.,Calhelha R.,Esteves A.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.
Cytotoxicity of Coprinopsis atramentaria extract, organic acids and their synthesized methylated and glucuronate derivatives
Food Research International, 55, 170-175, 2014

Heleno S.,Ferreira I.,Esteves A.,Ćirić A.,Glamočlija J.,Martins A.,Soković M.,Queiroz M.
Antimicrobial and demelanizing activity of Ganoderma lucidum extract, p-hydroxybenzoic and cinnamic acids and their synthetic acetylated glucuronide methyl esters
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 58, 95-100, 2013

Heleno S.,Stojković D.,Barros L.,Glamočlija J.,Soković M.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.,Ferreira I.
A comparative study of chemical composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of Morchella esculenta (L.) Pers. from Portugal and Serbia
Food Research International, 51, 236-243, 2013

Heleno S.,Barros L.,Martins A.,Queiroz M.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Phenolic, polysaccharidic, and lipidic fractions of mushrooms from northeastern portugal: Chemical compounds with antioxidant properties
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 60, 4634-4640, 2012

Reis F.,Heleno S.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Toward the Antioxidant and Chemical Characterization of Mycorrhizal Mushrooms from Northeast Portugal
Journal of Food Science, 76, , 2011

Heleno S.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Targeted metabolites analysis in wild Boletus species
LWT - Food Science and Technology, 44, 1343-1348, 2011

Grangeia C.,Heleno S.,Barros L.,Martins A.,Ferreira I.
Effects of trophism on nutritional and nutraceutical potential of wild edible mushrooms
Food Research International, 44, 1029-1035, 2011

Vaz J.,Heleno S.,Martins A.,Almeida G.,Vasconcelos M.,Ferreira I.
Wild mushrooms Clitocybe alexandri and Lepista inversa: In vitro antioxidant activity and growth inhibition of human tumour cell lines
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 48, 2881-2884, 2010

Heleno S.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Ferreira I.
Tocopherols composition of Portuguese wild mushrooms with antioxidant capacity
Food Chemistry, 119, 1443-1450, 2010

Barros L.,Heleno S.,Carvalho A.,Ferreira I.
Lamiaceae often used in Portuguese folk medicine as a source of powerful antioxidants: Vitamins and phenolics
LWT - Food Science and Technology, 43, 544-550, 2010

Barros L.,Heleno S.,Carvalho A.,Ferreira I.
Systematic evaluation of the antioxidant potential of different parts of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. from Portugal
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 47, 2458-2464, 2009