ARENAS, Elizabeth H.

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Asst. Prof. Elizabeth H. Arenas, PhD

eharenas@ust.edu.ph | betharenas@yahoo.com

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological SciencesUniversity of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2017
  • Master of Science in Food ScienceUniversity of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Food TechnologyUniversity of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 1996

Research Highlights

  • Pili (Canarium ovatum, Engl) pomace, a by-product of pili pulp oil processing, as an excellent source of dietary fiber and polyphenols with significant antioxidant activity
  • Pili pomace as a promising functional ingredient for food and dietary supplements which can furnish potentially bioavailable antioxidants to the body

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of antioxidant activities and phenolic compounds from agro-industrial wastes
  • In vitro assessment of bioavailability of food antioxidants
  • Development of innovative functional food products

Professional Activities

  • Chair – University of Santo Tomas Food and Nutrition Science Department
  • Member – Philippine Association of Food Technologists, Inc.
  • Associate Member – National Research Council of the Philippines

Selected Publications

Arenas, E.H. and Trinidad, T.P. (2017). Heavy metal and microbiological profiles of defatted pili (Canarium ovatum, Engl.) pulp meal residue and acute oral toxicity of its ethanolic extract in mice. International Food Research Journal. 24(4): 1763-1770.

Arenas, E.H. and Trinidad, T.P. (2017). Acute effects of thermally processed pili (Canarium ovatum, Engl.) pomace drink on plasma antioxidant and polyphenol status in humans. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine. 7 (5): 467 – 476.

Arenas, E.H. and Trinidad, T.P. (2017). Fate of Polyphenols in pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.) pomace after in vitro simulated digestion. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. 7 (1): 53 – 58.