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Victor Castro Alves

Position: Researcher School/office: School of Science and Technology

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Phone: +46 19 303819

Room: B3118

Victor Castro Alves
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About Victor Castro Alves

Victor Castro-Alves started at Örebro University as a postdoc in 2019. Since 2021 he has been a researcher at the Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, ORU, actively participating in both the multidisciplinary Food & Health and Pollutants & Society strategic research initiatives.

 

Research interests

My research is focused mainly on the development, application and optimization of mass spectrometry-based pipelines to explore the interplay between food composition, nutrition and human health.

 

 

Below you will find more information about some of our projects:

  

1. ImprUVing the quality of greenhouse of greenhouse crops 

 

In ImprUV - Increasing sensory quality and content of health-promoting components in vegetables and herbs, we are exploring how changes in plant production impact the synthesis of health-promoting compounds in plants and how these metabolites are biotransformed by the human gut microbiota and induce biological effects by using in vitro colonic fermentation studies and reporter cell assays. Our approach aims not only to deliver healthier foods in a climate-smart way but also to contribute to the basic understanding of the relationship between plant composition, digestion, gut microbiota fermentation, and potential effects on human health. That will lead to practical applications that will benefit primary producers, retailers, and, first and foremost, consumers.

"From Farm to Fork… and Beyond: UV Enhances Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Mediated Activity of Cruciferous Vegetables in Human Intestinal Cells Upon Colonic Fermentation"

 

2. Unpuzzling the structure and health effects of dietary fibers 

 

Victor coordinates the project Unpuzzle - Unravelling molecular motifs of dietary fibers responsible for interaction with receptors in human cells, funded both by a Starting Grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and by the Lantmännen Research Foundation.

Dietary fibres (DF) can induce beneficial health effects by interacting with receptors in human cells. Although the knowledge of the structure-function relationship between DF and their biological effects in human cells is highly desirable for successful translational applications, the molecular motifs within (the often complex) DF structure responsible for interaction with human cells remain poorly understood. In Unpuzzle, we propose a new methodological framework to explore the interaction between DF and human cell receptors which will support the screening and synthesis of DF with desired effects on human health.

 

Teaching and supervision

Victor is the course coordinator of Instrumental Analytical Methods in the chemistry program and is involved in the Analytical chemistry course. He is also a lecturer in the biology program and has been involved in the international master's programs of Environmental Forensics (School of Science and Technology) and Translational Medicine (School of Medical Sciences). He supervises students in the chemistry program and incoming exchange students from BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. Financial support for the incoming students was obtained mainly through Erasmus+ program, São Paulo Research Foundation and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

 

Other activities

Victor is a member of the editorial board of Frontiers in Nutrition and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. He has been actively participating in internationalization efforts on different levels, planning student exchange with partners within the NEOLAiA alliance, participating in research exchange within MIRAI 2.0, and being part of the EIRENE PPP work group at ORU.

For more information about published papers please refer to my ResearcherID and Google Scholar. You can also find me on ResearchGate, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Publications

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Articles in journals

Articles, reviews/surveys

Chapters in books