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Maria de Fátima Marques Alves Miller, usually cited as Fátima A. Miller, graduated in Microbiology from Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Porto, in 2001. That year, she became a CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina researcher, working on a FP5 project. At the end of 2003, Fátima A. Miller won a FCT doctoral fellowship to study the impact of different thermal treatments on microbial inactivation kinetics, obtaining a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with a specialization in food microbiology at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - ESB, Porto, in 2009. When she finished her Ph.D., she was hired to assist in coordinating and supporting activities of a FP7 project, which allowed her administrative experience and the development of excellent communication skills. In 2010, she received funding from FCT for a Post-doctoral fellowship that aimed to use mild non-thermal processes to produce fruit products with high quality and safety standards. Since then, her research interests and expertise have revolved around optimizing food processes and approaching fruit products' quality and safety characteristics. In 2011, she enrolled 1 master's thesis jury and won the best poster award in Microbiological Culture Media presented at Food Micro 2006 by International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene. In 2014, she was a member of the 1st Congress on Food Structure Design organizing committee, held in Porto, Portugal, organized in the framework of the EU-funded COST Action FA1001. In 2016, when she finished her post-doctoral program, she worked for 9 months on an international project (FooD-STA). She worked in science and technology management by developing a digital library that offers online training and digital education materials for the food sector. Since the beginning of 2018, Fátima A. Miller is part of the editorial team of the International Journal of Food Studies, Official Journal of the ISEKI_Food Association (ISSN: 2182-1054) as layout Editor. Fátima A. Miller has been, since December 2018, a contracted researcher of CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina, under the transitional norm, DL/57. From 2005 to the present, she has been an Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Porto, where she teaches Biology I and Biology II to undergraduate students. In the last five years, her work has been disseminated through the publication of 10 peer-reviewed articles (3 as the first author, 2 as the last, and 4 as the corresponding author), 6 oral presentations, and 12 posters in scientific congresses. Fátima A. Miller's main contributions report to the areas of Microbiology, Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Sciences. She has a total of 34 publications, which have received to date 1054 citations (h-index=13; scopus citation network). These indicators access the knowledge consolidation of the author. In the last five years, Fátima A. Miller supervised 2 PhD students and 6 master's students. She was invited to be a reviewer (, in her field of expertise in several high-impact international journals, which attests her know-how. In the last five years, Fátima A. Miller also participated in 2 national and 2 international proposals of research projects, where she developed organization and management skills. In 2020, she was invited to be a member of the IUFoST Education Committee and the IUFoST Early Careers Scientists Administrative Council, which enriched her organization and management experience. In 2022, Fátima Miller was invited to teach Advanced Food Technology and Introduction to Food Engineering to master students of Food Engineering. In the last 5 years, she participated in several activities for the scientific and educational community, as a jury member in master theses and international competitions, and as a member of organizing committees of webinars and symposiums. She was also a guest editor of several special issues in her field of expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD in Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology

1 Nov 200328 Jul 2009

Award Date: 28 Jul 2009

Master, MSc. in Microbiology, Faculty of Biotechnology


Award Date: 28 Jul 2001

Post-Doctoral Program in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology



  • Q Science (General)
  • Food analysis
  • Microbiology
  • Kinetic behaviour
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Thermal processes
  • Non-thermal processes
  • Process optimization


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