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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
Research subject Research environments

About Victor Castro Alves

Victor Castro-Alves holds a PhD in Food Science (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and began at Örebro University in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry. Since 2021, he has been a researcher in the Metabolomics lab at the Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, ORU, actively participating in Örebro University's multidisciplinary profile areas of Food & Health and Chemicals & Society.


Research interests

My research primarily centers on exploring the effects of food on human health, particularly focusing on how food components are metabolized by the human gut microbiota and the implications of this process on human health. In addition, to explore the intricate interplay between food production and composition with nutrition and human health, we have been developing high-throughput mass spectrometry-based pipelines to explore plant metabolism, gut microbiota functioning and human health.


 Three of the Goals in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2 No Hunger, 3 Good health and well-being, 12 Responsible consumtion and production.


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 explore how changes in plant production impact the synthesis of health-promoting compounds 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 food composition, digestion, gut microbiota fermentation, and effects on human health, leading to practical applications that 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) induce beneficial health effects by interacting with receptors in human cells. Although the knowledge of the structure-function relationship between DF and their 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. He is the lecturer of the module Advanced Topics in Mass Spectrometry, encompassing data processing and mass spectra interpretation, and is also 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.


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