Rita Maria Olivença Trindade dos Santos Serrano

PhD (1999) in Biology (Cell Biology), University of Lisbon
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Botany; Pharmacognosy; Herbal Medicines

Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa — Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal

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Researcher ID C-3545-2014
Group Researcher ID B-5723-2014
Scopus Author ID 24832366000

Research Interests

Serrano is experienced in the ethnopharmacological study of Portuguese medicinal plants and plants traditionally used on the Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLC). The approaches used include the evaluation of quality and establishment of botanical, chemical and/or genetic quality control criteria of herbal medicines, and in vitro screen of biological activity, namely anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, and antitumor activity against different human cell lines.

Selected Publications

Silva O, Serrano R. Micromorphological studies for application in the quality control of herbal medicines – some data of plants used in Mozambique. In Book: Microscopy and imaging science: practical approaches to applied research and education. Publisher: Formatex Research Center. Editor: A. Méndez-Vilas, 2017 pp.231-236. ISBN-13: 978-84-942134-9-6.

Ramalhete N, Machado A, Serrano R, Gomes ET, Mota-Filipe H, Silva O. Comparative study on the in vivo antidepressant activities of the Portuguese Hypericum foliosum, Hypericum androsaemum and Hypericum perforatum medicinal plants. Industrial Crops and Products 2016; 82: 29-36.

Malmir M, Curica C, Gomes ET, Serrano R, Silva O. Contribution of Light and Electron Microscopy to Identification of Frangula azorica Bark, an Azorean Medicinal Plant. Microscopy and Microanalysis 2015; 21(05): 1296-1303.

Malmir M, Ferreira E, Serrano R, Gomes ET, Caniça M, Silva O. In vitro anti-Neisseria gonorrhoeae activity of Senna podocarpa root extracts. Industrial Crops and Products 2015; 76: 467-471.

da Silva G, Martinho A, Soengas RG, Duarte AP, Serrano R, Gomes ET, Silva O. A new spermidine macrocyclic alkaloid isolated from Gymnosporia arenicola leaf. Fitoterapia 2015; 106: 7-11.