Gut Microbiology at Maastricht University, Netherlands
Gut microbiota modulation of healthy subjects by Asparagus officinalis dietary fibers
Mônica is a Registered Dietitian (2014) and she received her MSc in Nutrition & Metabolism (emphasis on chronic non-communicable diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2017. For two years (2017-2019), she worked as a researcher at The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). This multicenter cohort study aims to investigate the incidence and risk factors for chronic diseases, in particular, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in adults.
In August (2019), she was hired by Maastricht University - campus Venlo as a PhD candidate at the Center for Healthy Eating & Food Innovation (Gut Microbiology). Her work focus is on the effects of dietary components (fibers, polyphenols, and sweeteners) on the composition and activity of the gut microbiota of healthy and (pre)diabetic and/or overweight/obese people. Therefore, she uses sophisticated, dynamic, computer-controlled in vitro models of the gastrointestinal tract (nick-named TIM; TNO-NL).