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Dr Francisca Serra Vich

Dr Francisca Serra Vich
Emeritus professor
Nutrition and Food Science
  • Despatx Q009planta baixaMateu Orfila i Rotger (Química)


Brief CV

University Professor of Nutrition and Food Science (January 2011), teaches at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) since 1990. She began her career as CEU (Professor of University School) of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1990-1998) and since 1998 of Nutrition and Food Sciences; was credited as Professor in May 2009. She was graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences at the UIB in 1985 (Extraordinary Degree Award) and got her PhD in Biological Sciences (UIB) in 1989. She has been Director of R&D Office at UIB (1993-96) and National Expert at the European Commission (1997-2000) in the Directorate General for Science, Research and Development (Brussels) participating in tasks of international scientific cooperation in the field of Nutrition and Sciences Foods (COST Programme). She is part of the group promoter of the UIB technology-based spin-off Alimentómica SL and holds the position of Director of R&D.

Her research focuses on the study of the molecular basis of obesity, body weight regulation by nutrients, gene-nutrients interaction (nutrigenomics) and the impact of perinatal diet (Epigenetics) on susceptibility to adulthood obesity. She is working on the study of gene variants that affect the risk of obesity and its modulation by bioactives (Nutrigenetics). It is of her interest the characterization of functional foods, rich in ingredients that could help to counteract obesity and, in particular, optimized for specific genotypes.

Dr. Serra coordinates the activities to be carried out by Alimentómica in the H2020-Preventomics project and in the Industrial Research and Experimental Development of Smart Foods project (SMARTFOODS); it is Co-IP of the project miRNA-milk, PI17 / 01614 entitled Analysis of the effects of miRNAs contributed by breast milk in the metabolic programming of obesity and associated diseases in the offspring. Dr. Serra is a founding member of the Ciber (Center for Biomedical Research Network) Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) hosted by Carlos III Health Institute and of the European Network of Excellence in Nutrigenomics (NuGO). She is a member of the leadership team that developed the European project 'BIOCLAIMS', with the aim of identifying new nutrigenomic biomarkers to support health claims on foods and to characterize robust biomarkers to detect early metabolic disorders related to obesity. It is noteworthy her participation in the following projects: SALUX (European network for monitoring the reformulation of food identification and exchange of best practices between SMEs and consumers), funded by the Health Programme of the EU; Diabat (Recruitment and activation of brown adipocytes as preventive and curative treatment for type 2 diabetes) (FP7-HEALTH-2011) to develop preventive strategies for diabetes; and EPIMILK (AGL2012-33692) to identify and develop new strategies and nutritional food for obesity prevention-based food and nutrition intervention in the infant stage.

She is the author and editor of related functional foods books (phytosterols, functional foods, nutrigenomics obesity) and is also the author of articles published in: Nutrients, International Journal of Obesity, Brain Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, FEBS Letter, European Journal of Cell Biology, PlosOne, etc.

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Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Information
10277 - Methods and Techniques in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition
  • Master's Degree in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition2020-21, 2021-22
  • Master's in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition2019-20
11257 - Food-related Safety, Efficiency and Regulatory Aspects
20148 - Biochemistry
21500 - Biochemistry
21532 - Food and Health: Molecular Bases and Applications
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