BlueBeauty: Can marine biodiversity hold the key to increase our beauty and well-being?

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Marine organisms, including macro- and micro algae, seagrasses and invertebrates, are considered almost an unlimited source of powerful bioactive molecules, besides nutritive compounds. These molecules have a wide array of biotechnological applications, such as food/feed industries, pharmaceutical and cosmetics. In fact, marine natural compounds display several relevant biological activities useful for human health, such as antioxidant, antitumoral, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory. BlueBeauty intends to explore the potential of selected marine organisms to be used as sources of cosmetics and health promoting commodities. In this sense, the students will search for species with antioxidant, skin-whitening/self-tanning, anti-obesity and anti-ageing potential.
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Luisa Custódio
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Luísa Barreira
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Reference Number: RP-35602