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I have completed PhD in Structural Biology in 2002 and presently hold a position as Research Assistant Professor at UCIBIO-NOVA, started in 2003. My present research interests are focused in the search for uncharacterised biological protein-carbohydrate interactions with potential biotechnological use in nutrition, in pharma and in the biofuel industry. For this, among other structural biology and biophysics methods, I use the powerful information provided by X-ray Crystallography, that allows drawing conclusions related to macromolecular interactions, either protein-protein or protein-ligand. Additionally, I've also been strongly dedicated to the study of the phenomena behind protein crystallisation and new methods to improve it. Recently, I've been committed in implementing Cryo-Electron Microscopy methods in UCIBIO and, for this, I presently coordinate the UCIBIO-NOVA node of the CryoEM-PT National Roadmap Infrastructure. I have completed the supervision of 3 PhD students (one awarded the Antonio Xavier Prize for the Best Thesis in 2013) and presently supervise 3 PhD students, from the MolBios and Biochemistry Doctoral programs, 1 of them concluding her Thesis in 2022. I have also trained 7 MSc students, 5 hired Post-Doctoral Fellows, and 14 other post-graduate students. Additionally, I have tutored 19 under-graduate students.   In the beginning of my contract as Researcher, I held a contract as Invited Assistant Professor of FCT-NOVA, for 5 years. Additionally, I was a member of the Scientific Council of FCT-NOVA, from 2012 to 2015. I keep a regular support to 2nd and 3rd cycles in the Biochemistry section (also as member of the Scientific Council) in FCT-NOVA and other institutions, when invited. I have organised several hands-on advanced courses, notably 2 editions (2014 and 2015) of the Instruct-ERIC/COST-supported international course ISBIO ( As Principal Investigator, I have coordinated 4 national FCT-MCTES funded projects and was member of team in 12 other projects. As PI, I have been granted a total of 981.673,00EUR in R&D Projects. I have also integrated the winning teams of the Santander-Totta Scientific Merit Award, in 2012, and the Bluepharma Innovation Award, in 2013. Up to March 2022, my research activity has produced 52 peer-reviewed publications and 5 book chapters, 22 invited and 19 co-authored oral communications. I have co-authored more than 90 poster communications (8 awarded as Best Poster). I was Guest Editor of a Special Issue from open access journal Crystals (MDPI Publishers; Citation metrics in Scopus indicate 58 documents with citation data, with more than 1380 citations and an h-index of 19.  As science outreach activities, I have dynamized the celebrations of the International Year of Crystallography, in 2014, and the International Year of Chemistry, in 2011. From 2006-2012, I was regular translator of the Science-in-School magazine. I maintain the group's social network websites ( , and my own ( From January 2020, I was assigned duties as Ambassador for the Science Communication & Outreach of the XTAL research lab.

Education/Academic qualification

Structural biology, Doctorate, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Award Date: 15 Nov 2002


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