School of Marine Studies

School of Marine Studies

Dr. Marta Ferreira

Marta Ferreira (MF) is an Associate Professor at the School of Marine Studies teaching Marine Pollution and Physical Oceanography. MF is the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching. MF obtained a degree in Biochemistry, in 1997, from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (UP). In 2001, MF completed her MSc in Marine Sciences and Resources from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS), of UP, in the topic of endocrinology of reproduction. In 2006, in the same institution, MF completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences that was rated as excellent and financially supported by a PhD grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). With her PhD studies MF started her research in ecotoxicology area. After completing her PhD, MF was awarded a mixed post-doctoral fellowship from FCT (January 2007 to June 2010), having the third best score in her area, to be developed at CIIMAR-Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, UP and Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), Zagreb, Croatia. With the post-doctoral study MF started her research on the topic of MultiXenobiotic Resistance (MXR), regulated by ABC transporter proteins, in fish species. In July 2010 MF started a position as Auxiliary Researcher at CIIMAR and continued to develop her scientific research topics. In April 2015, she was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the School of Marine Studies, The University of South Pacific, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.

MF has published more than 30 papers in international peer review journals. MF has an h-index of 16 with more than 900 citations MF gave more than 35 oral and poster presentation in international meetings. In addition, MF is frequently invited for scientific reviewing in international journals. MF has experience in scientific supervision of several graduate and undergraduate students. Since the beginning of her career MF has been included as team member in several projects and also as Principal Investigator in several research projects.

MF research is focused in understanding the detoxification strategies adopted by aquatic organism and the application of biomarkers to assess environmental contamination. MF research focusing in three main lines: 1) establishment and validation of biomarkers and bioindicator species as early warning tools for the presence of classical and emerging contaminants, in estuarine and coastal environments, 2) study the regulation and functioning of detoxification processes in fish species and to evaluate the potential of emergent contaminants to modulate them, and 3) assessment for the presence of microplastics in marine ecosystems and potential effects to the biota.

Most recent Publications

Abreu, I, Monteiro, C., A. Cristina S. Rocha, Reis-Henriques,M.A., Teixeira, C., Maria Clara Pires Basto, Ferreira, Marta, C. Marisa R. Almeida, Luís Oliva-Teles, Laura Guimarães, (2018). “Multibiomarker interactions to diagnose and follow-up chronic exposure of a marine crustacean to Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS)”. Environmental Pollution, 242, 1137-1145,

Cunha, V., Rodrigues, P., Santos, M. M., Moradas-Ferreira P. and Ferreira, M. (2018). "Fluoxetine modulates the transcription of genes involved in serotonin, dopamine and adrenergic signalling in zebrafish embryos." Chemosphere 191(Supplement C): 954-961.

Cunha, V., M. M. Santos, P. Moradas-Ferreira, L. F. C. Castro and M. Ferreira (2017). "Simvastatin modulates gene expression of key receptors in zebrafish embryos." Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: 1-12.Cunha, V., K. Burkhardt-Medicke, P. Wellner, M. M. Santos, P. Moradas-Ferreira, T. Luckenbach and M. Ferreira, 2017. Effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) on multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) related efflux transporter activity in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 136: 14-23.

Cunha, V., P. Rodrigues, M. M. Santos, P. Moradas-Ferreira and M. Ferreira, 2016. Danio rerio embryos on Prozac – Effects on the detoxification mechanism and embryo development. Aquatic Toxicology 178: 182-189.

Cunha, V., M. M. Santos, P. Moradas-Ferreira and M. Ferreira, 2016. Simvastatin effects on detoxification mechanisms in Danio rerio embryos. Environmental Science and Pollution Research: 1-15.

Santos, L. H. M. L. M., M. J. Ramalhosa, M. Ferreira and C. Delerue-Matos 2016 Development of a modified acetonitrile-based extraction procedure followed by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry for the analysis of psychiatric drugs in sediments. Journal of Chromatography A, 1437, 37–48.

Rocha, A. C. S., M. A. Reis-Henriques, V. Galhano, M. Ferreira and L. Guimarães 2016. Toxicity of seven priority hazardous and noxious substances (HNSs) to marine organisms: Current status, knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research. Science of The Total Environment 542, Part A: 728-749.

Machado, S.P, Cunha, V., Reis-Henriques, M.A., Ferreira, M., 2014. Histopathological lesions, P-glycoprotein and PCNA expression in zebrafish (Danio rerio) liver after a single exposure to diethylnitrosamine. Environ. Toxicol. Pharmacol. 38(3):720-32

Ferreira, M., Costa, J., Reis-Henriques, M.A., 2014. ABC transporters in fish species: a review. Frontiers in Physiology, 5:266. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00266

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