Scientific Researcher at Norsk institutt for vannforskning (NIVA), Norway
Margarida Costa has a strong background in added-value marine compounds. She had previously worked in bioactive marine natural compounds from cyanobacteria in CIIMAR, the Marine and Environmental Research Center, at Matosinhos (Portugal). In 2014, she was granted an ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie research grant and moved to the University of Iceland for a PhD in sponge natural products chemistry. Besides, Margarida was able to collaborate in other European projects, studying the metabolome of cyanobacterial strains with anti-obesity properties. Later in 2019, Margarida Costa seized the opportunity to enroll an industrial postdoc at Allmicroalgae´s production facility, optimizing microalgae growing conditions and the production of compounds of interest at the laboratory, pilot, and industrial scales. She had also been responsible, at the company, for project management and funding applications. Margarida is currently working at the Microalgae Section, in the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), in Oslo (Norway). She works closely with other companies and research institutes in the microalgae biotechnology field to find scientific and industrial solutions. Margarida counts with around thirty peer-reviewed scientific papers, three book chapters, and a patent.