Summary track record - Jan2018: Ana Gil has published 116 SCI papers, 3 books co-edited, 24 book chapters, 29 proceedings and other papers, and presented more than 200 conference communications (129 posters + 78 orals), including 48 invited lectures. Metrics WoK (www.isiknowledge.com): h-index=35, 3,192 citations without self-citations). AGil has supervised 8 Postdocs (+ 1 ongoing), 10 PhD theses (+ 7 ongoing), 15 Master theses (+ 5 ongoing), and 11 other researchers (+ 1 ongoing). AGil’s teaching activities have been extensive in all cycles of university training (1st degree, Master, Doctoral) in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She has setup, coordinated and participated in several undergraduate (1st cycle) courses (including the teaching of > 1300 1st year students and supervision of ca. 40 undergraduate theses), Master courses (Metabolomics, Food Quality and Safety; including supervision of 14 theses) and Doctoral courses (Metabolomics, NMR Spectroscopy).
AGil ́s scientific interests have been increasingly developed with CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, since the genesis of this Associate Laboratory (2002). More recently, her interests in the biological testing of materials has justified her intention to soon carry out scientific activities also in the context of newly created The Discoveries Centre for Regenerative and Precision Medicine, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810- 193 Aveiro, Portugal.
• Metabolomics (based mainly on NMR) of human biofluids, tissues and cellular systems for the biochemical characterisation of diseases: biomarker search for early diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of diseases and therapeutics, while considering the effects of lifestyle and nutritional habits. Biological validation of metabolomic hypotheses through correlation studies of different omic data.
Main diseases investigated: prenatal/newborn diseases and cancer (mainly lung, renal, osteosarcoma, pancreatic). Other diseases: children’s early carie, asthma, age-related macular degeneration.
• Metabolomics testing of bio- and/or nano-materials for assessment of in vitro and in vivo biological performance: tissue regeneration, drug delivery, biocompatibility and biotoxicity.
• Characterisation of stem cell differentiation through metabolomics to monitor and guide lineage development and regeneration of engineered tissues.
• Metabolomic assessment of environmental effects (or exposomes) on human metabolism: heavy metals, other pollutants, nanoparticles.
• Metabolomics for the routine quality control of products and processes in the food industry: brewing, wine and beverages industries.
• Structure/function relationships in foods: cereal proteins and polysaccharide gels.
• Structure/function relationships in cork and other lignocellulosic materials.
• Rheological-NMR (rheo-NMR) of polymers: molecular origins of polymer rheological properties.
Coordination and Participation in Scientific Projects - summary up to Jan2018:
• Participant in 2 currently ongoing projects
• Finished projects: PI in 11 projects (1998-2015) and Participant in 18 projects (1996-2016)