Leonel Pereira

University of Coimbra

Dr. Leonel Pereira has a degree in Biology (Scientific branch) and a PhD in Biology (Specialty Cell Biology), by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he is currently a Professor. In addition to teaching at this university, he is also a Researcher integrated in MARE (Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences). His interests are mainly focused on the areas of Marine Biodiversity (algae), Marine Biotechnology (bioactive compounds from macroalgae) and Marine Ecology (environmental assessment). Since 2008, he is the author and editor of the electronic publication MACOI - Portal Português das Macroalgas (www.uc.pt/seaweeds). He gave more than a hundred lectures and oral communications at several national and international scientific events. In 1998 he received the Francisco de Holanda Award (Honorable Mention) and, more recently, the Mar Rei D. Carlos Award (18th edition), and winner of the CHOICE Prize - outstanding academic title award 2016 - Book title: Edible Seaweeds of the World , CRC Press.

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Alginates are polysaccharides found in both the intercellular matrix of brown algae and extracellularly covering some species of bacteria. Alginate varies in composition of the algae from 20% to 60% dry matter, but on average brown algae species has 40% alginate. Alginate from brown algae occurs as gels containing sodium, calcium, strontium, magnesium, and barium ions. They are widely used by the food industry, giving foods texture properties such as thickening, adhesion, emulsification, gelling, or fullness. This book covers the latest uses of this phycocolloid in the pharmaceutical, medical, and technological fields, namely bioink for 3D bioprinting in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and the application of artificial intelligence in modern healthcare systems.

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