Full Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal) and Director of the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO). President of the Scientific Council of Natural and Environmental Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal and member of the Steering Committee "Strategic Basic Research" of Foundation Flanders (FWO). She is also the Coordinator of the National and Iberian Mountain Research Networks. She obtained her Degree in Biochemistry (1996) at the University of Porto (Portugal); Master in Sciences (1999), PhD in Sciences- Chemistry (2003), and “Aggregation” in Sciences- Chemistry (2011) at the University of Minho (Portugal). She was awarded by different institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2001), ISPROF (2013) for the achievements in helping the Portuguese Science to progress, COTNH (2014) for international cooperation, Women in Science (2016) by Ciência Viva and merit medal of Bragança (2017), and has supervised several post-doc, PhD and master students. She is associate editor of Food & Function (a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry), guest editor of the topical collection “Bioactive compounds” in Molecules, and serves in the editorial board of Food Research International and Industrial Crops and Products. She is the principal investigator of several national and international financed research projects, and evaluator of international research projects (e.g., Eurostars, ERA-NET ARIMNet 2 and LEAP-Agri from EU and National Science Foundations of Austria, South Africa, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Argentine), and national projects and post-doc and PhD grants from FCT. She is the editor of two international books and of the topical collection Bioactive Compounds in Molecules Journal, and has published several patents, 25 international book chapters and over 500 papers in refereed journals. She is a highly cited scientist (top 1%) in Food Science and Technology (awarded by Clarivate Analytics, former Thomson Reuters- 2015, 2016 and 2017).