Nelson Gomes received his PhD (Biomedical Sciences) by the University of Porto in 2014 and moved to Kasetsart University (Thailand) with a post-doctoral grant to continue his work on the discovery of bioactives from marine fungi. In 2016 he has initiated a new research line at REQUIMTE/LAQV, his current research interests being focused on the therapeutic value of plants from Western Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2017 he was appointed as Invited Assistant Professor at the private institute Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, and as a visiting Professor at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.
His main research area is focused on the discovery of substances of natural origin with therapeutic potential, mainly aiming the treatment of diseases with an inflammatory background.
Author or co-author of 39 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters, in the scientific domains of Chemistry, “Drug Discovery” and Ethnopharmacology. Nelson G. M. Gomes presented his research (more than 40 oral or panel presentations) in several national and international conferences (China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Portugal, Spain and Thailand).
He is a member of the editorial board of the international scientific journals Pharmacognosy Magazine and Current Forensic Science, member of the evaluation committee of Marine Drugs, and has been frequently requested to act as a reviewer for several international journals, namely Cancer, Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, Food Research International , International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Journal of Functional Foods, and Frontiers in Pharmacology, being awarded as a ‘Top reviewer in Pharmacology and Toxicology’ in 2018 and 2019 by Publons/Web of Science (https://publons.com/researcher/630102/nelson-goncalo-mortagua-gomes/).
MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
Ordem dos Farmacêuticos (CP N.o: 23611). International Society for Ethnopharmacology. Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitoquímica e Fitoterapia.
MAIN PUBLICATIONS (LAST 5 YEARS)
Ferreres, F., Andrade, C., Gomes, N.G.M., Andrade, P.B., Gil-Izquierdo, A., Pereira, D.M., Suksungworn, R., Duangsrisai, S., Videira, R.A., Valentão, P. Valorisation of kitul, an overlooked food plant: Phenolic profiling of fruits and inflorescences and assessment of their effects on diabetes-related targets. Food Chemistry 2021, 342, 128323.
Macedo, T., Ferreres, F., Pereira, D.M., Oliveira, A.P., Gomes, N.G.M., Gil-Izquierdo, Á., Valentão, P., Araújo, L., Andrade, P.B. Cassia sieberiana DC. leaves modulate LPS-induced inflammatory response in THP-1 cells and inhibit eicosanoid- metabolizing enzymes. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2021, 269, 113746.
Suksungworn, R., Andrade, P.B., Oliveira, A.P., Valentão, P., Duangsrisai, S., Gomes, N.G.M. Inhibition of proinflammatory enzymes and attenuation of IL-6 in LPS-challenged RAW 264.7 macrophages substantiates the ethnomedicinal use of the herbal drug Homalium bhamoense Cubitt & W.W.Sm. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2020, 21, 2421.
Gomes, N.G.M., Oliveira, A.P., Cunha, D., Pereira, D.M., Valentão, P., Pinto, E., Araújo, L., Andrade, P.B. Flavonoid composition of Salacia senegalensis (Lam.) DC. Leaves, evaluation of antidermatophytic effects, and potential amelioration of the associated inflammatory response. Molecules 2019, 24, 2530.
Ferreres, F., Duangsrisai, S., Gomes, N.G.M., Suksungworn, R., Pereira, D.M., Gil-Izquierdo, A., Valentão, P., Choowongkomon, K., Andrade, P.B. Anti-inflammatory properties of the stem bark from the herbal drug Vitex peduncularis Wall. ex Schauer and characterization of its polyphenolic profile. Food and Chemical Toxicology 2017, 106, 8-16.
PARTICIPATION IN SCIENTIFIC PROJECTS
2016 – 2020: Cooperative network for research on polyphenols and their industrial applications. 0377_IBERPHENOL_6_E
2016 – 2019: New technologies for three health challenges of modern societies: diabetes, drug abuse and kidney diseases (DESignBIOtecHealth)
2016: Navigating through marine-derived fungi: bioprospection and synthesis of bioactive secondary metabolites and analogues as chemotherapic agents P2020-PTDC/MAR-BIO/4694/2014