Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Investigador Cientifico, IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain (Group Leader-now 10 members)

  • Since 2007
    Adjunct Professor (Docent).Dept. Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku, Finland Area: Food Microbiology: Nutrition and Intestinal Microbiota

  • 2012 – 2018
    Científico Titular CSIC, IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain (competitive position-Government)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Senior Researcher Ramon y Cajal program. IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain (competitive contract-Govern)

  • 2007 – 2011
    Post-doctoral Researcher I3P-CSIC program. IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain(competitive contract-CSIC)

  • 2007
    Post-doctoral Researcher Spanish Government fellowship, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain Department of Nutrition, Bromatology and Food Technology (competitive contract-national)

  • 2005 – 2007
    Post-doctoral Researcher. Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

  • 2005
    PhD in Biotechnology. (Price Award Best PhD-UPV 2006) (UPV), Valencia, Spain

  • 2002
    BsC Food Science and Technology (UPV), Valencia, Spain

  • 2000
    Engineer’s degree in Agronomical Sciences. [Speciality: Food Sciences] Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain

Selected publications

  • M. Kalliomaki, M.C. Collado, S. Salminen, E. Isolauri. 2008. Early differences in faecal microbiota composition in children may predict later weight-gain?. Am J Clin Nutr. 87: 534-538. Impact factor 2008=6,74 (nºcites SCI=588) Average nº cites/year= 45.23 NUTRITION & DIETETICS 3/59 (Q1)*

  • M.C. Collado, Isolauri E, Laitinen K, Salminen S. 2008. Distinct composition of gut microbiota during pregnancy in overweight and normal weight women. Am J Clin Nutr. 88 (4): 894-899. Impact factor 2008=6,74 (nºcites SCI=405) Average nº cites/year= 31.15 NUTRITION & DIETETICS 3/59 (Q1)*

  • R. Cabrera-Rubio, M.C. Collado, et al. 2012 The human milk microbiome changes over lactation time and is shaped by maternal weight and mode of delivery. Am J Clin Nutr. 96(3):544-551. Equal contribution. Impact factor 2012=6,054 (nºcites SCI=379) Average nº cites/year= 42.11 NUTRITION & DIETETICS 3/76 (Q1)*

  • M.C. Collado, E. Isolauri, K. Laitinen, S. Salminen. 2010. Effect of mother's weight on infant's microbiota acquisition, composition, and activity during early infancy a prospective follow-up study initiated in early pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr. 92(5):1023-30. Impact factor 2010=6,606 (nºcites SCI=171) NUTRITION & DIETETICS 3/70 (Q1)*

  • Collado MC, Rautava S, Aakko J, Isolauri E, Salminen S. 2016. Human gut colonisation may be initiated in utero by distinct microbial communities in the placenta and amniotic fluid. Sci Rep.;6:23129. Impact factor 2016=4.259 (nºcites SCI=290: Highly cited paper in 2019- 58 citations/year) MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCI 10/64(Q1)*

  • Boix-Amorós A, Martinez-Costa C, Querol A, Collado MC, Mira A. 2017. Multiple Approaches Detect the Presence of Fungi in Human Breastmilk Samples from Healthy Mothers. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):13016. Impact factor 2017=4.12 (nºcites SCI=16) MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCI 12/64(Q1)*

  • Gómez-Gallego C, Morales JM, Monleón D, du Toit E, Kumar H, Linderborg KM, Zhang Y, Yang B, Isolauri E, Salminen S, Collado MC.2018. Human Breast Milk NMR Metabolomic Profile across Specific Geographical Locations and Its Association with the Milk Microbiota. Nutrients.10(10). pii: E1355. Impact factor 2018=4.171 (nºcites SCI=11) NUTRITION & DIETETICS 16/87 (Q1)*

  • Parra-Llorca A, Gormaz M, Alcántara C, Cernada M, Nuñez-Ramiro A, Vento M, Collado MC. 2018. Preterm Gut Microbiome Depending on Feeding Type: Significance of Donor Human Milk. Front Microbiol. ;9:1376 Impact factor 2018=4.259 (nºcites SCI=14) MICROBIOLOGY 32/133 (Q1)*

  • Dzidic M, Collado MC, Abrahamsson T, Artacho A, Stensson M, Jenmalm MC, Mira A.Oral microbiome development during childhood: an ecological succession influenced by postnatal factors and associated with tooth decay.ISME J. 2018 Sep;12(9):2292-2306. Impact factor 2018=9.493 (nºcites SCI=18) MICROBIOLOGY 10/133 (Q1)*

  • Collado MC, Engen PA, Bandín C, Cabrera-Rubio R, Voigt RM, Green SJ, Naqib A, Keshavarzian A, Scheer FAJL, Garaulet M.2018.Timing of food intake impacts daily rhythms of human salivary microbiota: a randomized, crossover study.FASEB J.32(4):2060-2072.Impact factor 2018=5.391.BIOCHEMISTRY&MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 46/299 (Q1)*

Selected projects

  • Microbiota, minerals and exposure to toxics interactions during the first 1000 days of life: identification of biomarkers and development of new dietary strategies Funded by= Fundación Ramon Areces. Partners:IATA-CSIC & Universidad Huelva (129.600 €), 2019 – 2021

  • Dietary Improvement of breast Milk composition to counteract Early Life Infections (DIM-2-ELI). Funded by= Fundación La Marató-TV3. Partners:IATA-CSIC & Universidad de Barcelona (UB) (298.812,50 €), 2019 – 2021

  • Uso De Nuevos Conceptos Para La Seleccion De Consorcios Bacterianos Como Suplementos Alimenticios En Edad Temprana (BABYBAC) Proyectos I+D+i «Retos Investigación» (MINICIU) (RTI2018-097982-B-I00) (153.670 €), 2019 – 2021

  • The Power of Maternal Microbes On Infant Health (MAMI) Ref. ERC-2014-StG – 639226. Funded by: European Research Council-ERC Starting Grant (1.5m €), 2015 – 2020

  • “Investigación Industrial & Desarrollo Experimental De Alimentos Inteligentes” (Acrónimo: SMARTFOODS)”. Funded by: Programa Estratégico CIEN- MINECO (Spanish Goverment), 2015 – 2016


  • “Impact of Diet, Nutrition And Geographical Location On Host-Microbe Interactions”. Ref. I-LINK0679” Funded by: ILINK-2013 CSIC, 2014 – 2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership in scientific societys

  • International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), since 2015

  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN), since 2014

  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM), since 2014

  • Sociedad Española de Microbiota,Probioticos y Prebioticos (SEMiPyP), since 2011

  • International Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, (ISAPP-SFA), since 2010

Institutional responsibilities

  • Member of the Doctoral Committee Program on Biotechnology, UPV (Spain), since 2019

  • Faculty member, Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku (Finland), since 2010

Expert panel / Committees / Working groups

  • Advisory Board Member of the Spanish Society of Microbiota, Probiotics and Prebiotics (SeMiPyP), since 2020

  • Executive Committee- Councilor of the ISRHML (mandate 2019-2021), since 2019

  • Chair Working Group “‘Immune Competence Across Lifespan: Impact Of Nutrition On Immune Competence And Its Consequences Later In Life’- ILSI nutrition, immunity and inflammation task force, since 2016

  • Expert Panel BIO4: Applied Biological Sciences, FWO Research Foundation, Belgium, since 2016

  • Member of working group of the Evaluation Strategic National Research Plan, 2016

  • “Recomendaciones del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación -Instrumentos de Investigación con Participacion de Organismos Publicos I+D. Plan Estatal I+D+I 2017 – 2020. MINECO-Spanish Goverment, 2017 – 2020

  • Expert Panel for Evaluation of EUROSTARS-EU aplications, since 2016

  • Gut-immune working group (invited member) in Dietetic products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) panel- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), 2008 – 2012

Media coverage

Dissemination of science

  • Scientific publication “Las Cientificas Cuentan”

  • Public presentations “La Selección Española de la Ciencia” (iniciativa Revista QUO y CSIC).

  • Internet/ Gut Microbiota for Health platform

    Interview “Dr. Maria Carmen Collado, on factors influencing the milk microbiome” 14/05/2015 Link:

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of three kids


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