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Dr Francisca Serra Vich

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Dr Francisca Serra Vich
Full Professor
Nutrition and Food Science

Dr Francisca Serra Vich

personal.uib.eu/francisca.serra

Curriculum

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 in the 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 in 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.

Recently, CDTI (CIEN programme) has funded the 'Industrial Research and Experimental Development for Smartfoods? (SMARTFOODS Project) proposed by a consortium of Spanish companies led by Laboratorios Ordesa. Dr. Serra coordinates the activities to be developed by Alimentómica in the project. 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: International Journal of Obesity, Brain Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, FEBS Letter, European Journal of Cell Biology, PlosOne, etc.

Teaching

Subjects taught. Academic Year 2018-19

Subjects taught
Subject Degree/campus
11257 - Food-related Safety, Efficiency and Regulatory Aspects
10277 - Methods and Techniques in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition

Subjects taught. Academic Year 2019-20

Subjects taught
Subject Degree/campus
21500 - Biochemistry
21532 - Food and Health: Molecular Bases and Applications
11257 - Food-related Safety, Efficiency and Regulatory Aspects
10277 - Methods and Techniques in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition

Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Degree
10277 - Methods and Techniques in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition
10282 - Food Safety and Efficiency
  • Master's in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition 2014-15
11257 - Food-related Safety, Efficiency and Regulatory Aspects
21500 - Biochemistry
  • Degree in Biochemistry2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Degree in Biology2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
21524 - Final Degree Project
  • Degree in Biochemistry2018-19
21532 - Food and Health: Molecular Bases and Applications
  • Degree in Biochemistry2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19

Research

Research groups

Group Membership type
Nutrigenomics and Obesity (NUO) Member
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