Dr Juliana received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2018. Her PhD research focused on understanding the effect of microwave heating on the functional properties of human and cow milk. More specifically, She investigated whether microwave heating overcome the classical pasteurization method, used in Human Milk Banks worldwide, in terms of detrimental effects of heating on important bioactive components. During her PhD, Juliana had the opportunity to do part of her research at University of California, Davis, USA. During a 6 months exchange period, She studied, using Mass Spectrometry methods (HPLC-chip/TOF MS and HPAEC), whether the loss of protective milk components, such oligosaccharides, were affected by microwave heating when compared with classic pasteurization methods.

Dr Juliana Leite is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Riddet Institute under supervision of Prof Warren McNabb and Prof Nicole Roy. She is currently involved in a project that intend to protect proteases naturally present in ruminant milks from processing and to use them to significantly improve the nutritional quality and immune protective function of commercial infant formula, making formula closer to mother’s milk in digestibility and function.