Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



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Ana Manuela Onofre Meireles

Junior Researcher
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
ORCID: 0000-0003-3703-0011
Scopus Author ID: 53981823200


  • Since 2021: Researcher (Project OleaChain: Skills for sustainability and innovation in the value chain of traditional olive groves in the Northern Interior of Portugal) at CIMO/IPB
  • 2020 - 2021: Clinical and Scientific Communication Manager at Mybiome
  • 2017 - 2020: Invited Adjunct Professor (full-time), Dietetics and Nutrition Degree, School of Health, University of Algarve, Portugal
  • 2016 - 2016: Post-doc Researcher (COMPETE POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007440) at CNC.IBILI, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • 2012 - 2016: PhD Fellow (FCT - SFRH/BD/78367/2011), Department of Biochemistry FMUP/CINTESIS, Portugal. PhD visitor (October 2012-July 2013) at University of Reading, UK
  • 2010 - 2011: Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, FMUP, University of Porto, Portugal


  • 2016 - PhD in Metabolism, Clinic and Experimentation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal and University of Reading, UK
  • 2009 - Degree in Nutrition Science, Faculty of Science of Food and Nutrition, University of Porto, Portugal

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 - Honorable mention from XVI Congresso de Endocrinologia e Nutrição dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, 2019 attributed to the work: "Energetic needs in Ventilated Patients - Indirect Calorimetry versus Predictive equations"; Melo A, Eleutério MJ , Carvalho R, Costa H, César R , Meireles M.
  • 2015 - Travel award from ICPH- 7th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health attributed to the work “Anthocyanin modulation of microglia M1/M2 phenotype and effect on neuronal differentiation and synaptic plasticity” Meireles M, Marques C, Norberto S, Fernandes I, Mateus N, Faria A, Calhau C;


  • Sustainable diets
  • Polyphenols and health
  • Food consumers behaviour


OleaChain - Skills for sustainability and innovation in the value chain of traditional olive groves in the Northern Interior of Portugal
Funding body: NORTE 2020
Reference: NORTE-06-3559-FSE-000188
Principal Investigator:José Alberto Cardoso Pereira
Start: 2021-03-01
End: 2023-11-30

Total results: 21
Bôto J.M.,Rocha A.,Miguéis V.,Meireles M.,Neto B.
Sustainability Dimensions of the Mediterranean Diet: A Systematic Review of the Indicators Used and Its Results
Advances in Nutrition, 13, 2015-2038, 2022

Marques C.,Fernandes I.,Meireles M.,Faria A.,Spencer J.P.E.,Mateus N.,Calhau C.
Gut microbiota modulation accounts for the neuroprotective properties of anthocyanins
Scientific Reports, 8, , 2018

Pestana D.,Teixeira D.,Meireles M.,Marques C.,Norberto S.,Sá C.,Fernandes V.C.,Correia-Sá L.,Faria A.,Guardão L.,Guimarães J.T.,Cooper W.N.,Sandovici I.,Domingues V.F.,Delerue-Matos C.,Monteiro R.,Constância M.,Calhau C.
Adipose tissue dysfunction as a central mechanism leading to dysmetabolic obesity triggered by chronic exposure to p,p'-DDE
Scientific Reports, 7, , 2017

Marques C.,Meireles M.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
High-fat diet-induced dysbiosis as a cause of neuroinflammation
Biological Psychiatry, 80, e3-e4, 2016

Meireles M.,Marques C.,Norberto S.,Santos P.,Fernandes I.,Mateus N.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
Anthocyanin effects on microglia M1/M2 phenotype: Consequence on neuronal fractalkine expression
Behavioural Brain Research, 305, 223-228, 2016

Meireles M.,Moura E.,Vieira-Coelho M.A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Gonzalez-Manzano S.,Dueñas M.,Mateus N.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
Flavonoids as dopaminergic neuromodulators
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 60, 495-501, 2016

Marques C.,Meireles M.,Norberto S.,Leite J.,Freitas J.,Pestana D.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
High-fat diet-induced obesity Rat model: a comparison between Wistar and Sprague-Dawley Rat
Adipocyte, 5, 11-21, 2016

Meireles M.,Rodríguez-Alcalá L.M.,Marques C.,Norberto S.,Freitas J.,Fernandes I.,Mateus N.,Gomes A.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
Effect of chronic consumption of blackberry extract on high-fat induced obesity in rats and its correlation with metabolic and brain outcomes
Food and Function, 7, 127-139, 2016

Meireles M.,Marques C.,Norberto S.,Fernandes I.,Mateus N.,Rendeiro C.,Spencer J.P.E.,Faria A.,Calhau C.
The impact of chronic blackberry intake on the neuroinflammatory status of rats fed a standard or high-fat diet
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 26, 1166-1173, 2015

Teixeira D.,Pestana D.,Santos C.,Correia-Sá L.,Marques C.,Norberto S.,Meireles M.,Faria A.,Silva R.,Faria G.,Sá C.,Freitas P.,Taveira-Gomes A.,Domingues V.,Delerue-Matos C.,Calhau C.,Monteiro R.
Inflammatory and cardiometabolic risk on obesity: Role of environmental xenoestrogens
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100, 1792-1801, 2015

Silva S.M.,Silva S.,Meireles M.,Leal S.
nNOS is involved in cardiac remodeling induced by chronic ethanol consumption
Toxicology, 329, 98-105, 2015

Keating E.,Correia-Branco A.,Araújo J.R.,Meireles M.,Fernandes R.,Guardão L.,Guimarães J.T.,Martel F.,Calhau C.
Excess perigestational folic acid exposure induces metabolic dysfunction in post-natal life
Journal of Endocrinology, 224, 245-259, 2015

Pestana D.,Faria G.,Sá C.,Fernandes V.C.,Teixeira D.,Norberto S.,Faria A.,Meireles M.,Marques C.,Correia-Sá L.,Cunha A.,Guimarães J.T.,Taveira-Gomes A.,Santos A.C.,Domingues V.F.,Delerue-Matos C.,Monteiro R.,Calhau C.
Persistent organic pollutant levels in human visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue in obese individuals-Depot differences and dysmetabolism implications
Environmental Research, 133, 170-177, 2014

Faria A.,Meireles M.,Fernandes I.,Santos-Buelga C.,Gonzalez-Manzano S.,Dueñas M.,De Freitas V.,Mateus N.,Calhau C.
Flavonoid metabolites transport across a human BBB model
Food Chemistry, 149, 190-196, 2014

Norberto S.,Silva S.,Meireles M.,Faria A.,Pintado M.,Calhau C.
Blueberry anthocyanins in health promotion: A metabolic overview
Journal of Functional Foods, 5, 1518-1528, 2013

Meireles M.,Martel F.,Araújo J.,Santos-Buelga C.,Gonzalez-Manzano S.,Dueñas M.,De Freitas V.,Mateus N.,Calhau C.,Faria A.
Characterization and modulation of glucose uptake in a human blood-brain barrier model
Journal of Membrane Biology, 246, 669-677, 2013

Marques C.,Teixeira D.,Cunha A.,Meireles M.,Pestana D.,Keating E.,Calhau C.,Monteiro R.,Faria A.
Methotrexate enhances 3T3-L1 adipocytes hypertrophy
Cell Biology and Toxicology, 29, 293-302, 2013

Fernandes V.C.,Pestana D.,Monteiro R.,Faria G.,Meireles M.,Correia-Sá L.,Teixeira D.,Faria A.,Calhau C.,Domingues V.F.,Delerue-Matos C.
Optimization and validation of organochlorine compounds in adipose tissue by SPE-gas chromatography
Biomedical Chromatography, 26, 1494-1501, 2012

Lemos C.,Faria A.,Meireles M.,Martel F.,Monteiro R.,Calhau C.
Thiamine is a substrate of organic cation transporters in Caco-2 cells
European Journal of Pharmacology, 682, 37-42, 2012

Soares R.,Meireles M.,Rocha A.,Pirraco A.,Obiol D.,Alonso E.,Joos G.,Balogh G.
Maitake (D fraction) mushroom extract induces apoptosis in breast cancer cells by BAK-1 gene activation
Journal of Medicinal Food, 14, 563-572, 2011