Rufielyn Sungcaya Gravador – University of Copenhagen

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Rufielyn Sungcaya Gravador



Country of birth: Philippines

Official title: PhD in Animal Production and Food Sciences and PhD in Food Chemistry

Project title: 2011-2014: Plant secondary compounds in small ruminant feeding: an alternative to drugs for improving animal metabolic state and product quality in low input farming systems

Previous institutions: Faculty of Science and Technology/ Universidade do Algarve, Portugal, Department of Analytical Chemistry/Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of the Philippines, Los Baños,

AgTraIn institutions: Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Scientific interest: Meat science and technology, food science and nutrition, commercialization of scientific researches in agriculture

Spoken Languages: Filipino, English, Italian

Working experience:

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, November 2015-present / School of Agriculture and Food Science, College of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin / Project: Effects of different production systems on the quality and sensory properties of lamb meat
  • Assistant Professor  1, June 2010-May 2011 / Instructor 2, August 2003-May 2008 / Institute of Chemistry and Institute of Food Science and Technology - University of the Philippines Los Baños / Courses taught: Food Processing, Food Chemistry, Food Fermentation, General Chemistry, Inorganic Analytical Chemistry, Technical Analysis of Foods and Feeds

Future plans/desired employment: Researcher and educator inside or outside academic institution

Hobbies: Cooking, travelling, singing and dancing, community work


  1. Luciano, G., Roscini, V., Mattioli, S., Ruggeri, S., Gravador, R.S., Natalello, M., Lanza, M., De Angelis A., & Priolo A. (2016). Vitamin E is the major contributor to the antioxidant capacity in lambs fed whole dried citrus pulp. Animal, In press
  2. Monahan, F.J., Gkarane, V., Allen, P., Brunton, N.P., Mooney, R.B., Gravador, R., Claffey, N., Fahey, A., Moloney, A., Farmer, L., Scannell, A. & Diskin, M. (2016). Castration and the sensory characteristics of lamb. Accepted. 62nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology. August 14-19, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.
  3. Gravador, R.S., Luciano, G., Jongberg, S., Bognanno, M., Serra, M., Andersen, M.L., Lund, M., & Priolo, A. 2015. Fatty acids and oxidative stability of meat from lambs fed carob-containing diets. Food Chemistry, 182, 27-34.
  4. Gravador, R.S., Serra, A., Luciano, G., Pennisi, P., Vasta, V., Pauselli, M., Mele, M., & Priolo, A.(2014). Volatiles in raw and cooked meat from lambs fed olive cake and linseed. Animal, 9(4), 715-722
  5. Gravador, R.S., Jongberg, S., Luciano, G., Andersen, M.L., Priolo, A., Lund, M. (2014). Dietary citrus pulp improves protein stability in lamb meat under aerobic conditions. Meat Science, 97, 231-236
  6. Inserra, L., Priolo, A., Biondi, L., Lanza, M., Bognanno, M., Gravador, R., & Luciano, G. (2014). Dietary citrus pulp reduces lipid oxidation in lamb meat. Meat Science, 96, 1489-1493.
  7. Gravador, R.S., Jongberg, S., Andersen, M.L., Luciano, G., Priolo, A., Lund, M. (2013). Preliminary Investigation on the Effects of Dietary Citrus Pulp on Protein Oxidation in Lamb Meat. Book of Abstracts. (Page 59). 59th ICoMST International Congress of Meat Science and Technology. August 18-23, 2013, Izmir, Turkey.
  8. Gravador, R.S., Fuguet, E., Ràfols, C., & Rosès, M. (2013). Temperature variation effects on the determination of acidity constants through the internal standard-capillary electrophoresis method. Electrophoresis, 34, 1203-1211.
  9. Gravador, R. S. & Dizon E.I.  Process modification of traditional rice wine (tapuy) production through multi-parallel fermentation. Abstract of research papers presented. 42nd Annual Philippine Association of Food Technologists (PAFT), Inc., Convention. November 19-21, 2003, Manila, Philippines.


  • Erasmus Mundus PhD Scholarship, November 2011-December 2014
  • Erasmus Mundus MSc Scholarship, September 2008-February 2010
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños Study Privilege for Employees,  November 2004-May 2008
  • NRCP Thesis/Dissertation Grant, April 2008
  • 2nd Place, Research Paper Oral Competition at the 42nd Philippine Association of Food
  • Technologists (PAFT), Inc., Convention, Philippines, November 19-21, 2003
  • University and College Scholar, University of the Philippines Los Baños, November 1999-March 2003
  • Cum Laude, University of the Philippines Los Baños, General Weighted Average: 1.48, March 2003

Seminars/Short courses/Congress:

  • 60th ICoMST: International Congress of Meat and Technology, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay, August 2014.
  • 59th ICoMST: International Congress of Meat and Technology, Izmir, Turkey, August 2013.
  • 58th ICoMST: International Congress of Meat and Technology, Quebec, Canada, August 2012.
  • 36th Chemical Society of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog, Philippines, November 2006.
  • Seminar-Workshop on College Teaching, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines, November 2003
  • Summer School in Magnetic Resonance in Food Science, Porto Conte Ricerche, Tramariglio, Alghero, Italy, July 2014.
  • Agricultural transformation and rural innovations field course in Uganda, The PhD School of Science, The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, December 2013-January 2014.
  • Advanced Meat Science and Technology course on Meat Biochemistry, Meat and Health, and Meat Processing and Quality, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, August 2013.
  • Advanced Course on Quality in Ruminant Meat and Meat Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain, September 2012.
  • Graduate Course in Meat Science, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, August 2012.
  • Awareness course on ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System, Philippine Trade Training Center, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines, April 2010.


  • Member of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, 2009-present
  • Member of Chemical Society of the Philippines- Southern Tagalog, Philippines, 2006
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Philippines, 2003
  • University of the Philippines Alumni Association, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, 2003
  • Elected Community Councilor for Health and Sanitation, Sta. Cruz, Bay, Laguna, Philippines, 2002-2004