Marine natural products meeting in Peniche

Arménio Barbosa presented his work about Drug Discovery and Development with a poster entitled 'Computer-aided discovery of new anti-leukemic epigenetic drugs based on free-access marine compound libraries' at the XVI International Symposium on Marine Natural Products and XV European Congress on Marine Natural Products.

Ana Pina awarded by Royal Society of Chemistry's Research Fund

Ana Pina is one of the recipients of the Research Fund Awards from Royal Society of Chemistry's Research Fund. This award will provide to Ana Pina an exciting opportunity to study functional collagen mimetic peptides.

The Royal Society of Chemistry awards grants of up to £4000 to enable high quality research of funding with the aim of supporting those undertaking their own research as early career researchers.  

Designer Biology 2019 Conference in Newcastle

Margarida Dias was this month in Newcastle University (UK), at the Designer Biology 2019 Conference that took place in Jul 31 – Aug 2, 2019, to present the work about 'Multicomponent and functional protein-based materials' in a session related to biomaterials as functional and tuneable materials.

 Photography credits: @DrGvanK

New publication about marine natural products' databases

Marine organisms and microorganisms are a source of natural compounds with unique chemical features applied in several areas like, drug discovery, cosmetics, materials and production of biofuels.

New marine natural products are discovered every day and access to information about these molecules should be organized and free-access for better exploitation.

Summer job shadowing

We had for the last 2 weeks, 1st to 12th of July, Carolina Spencer in our Lab, a high school student that chose to take 2 weeks of her vacation doing job shadowing with our scientists. Carolina spend every mornig in our lab helping and following a different researcher. During this time she had the opportunity to meet several researchers and students with different academic backgrounds and different projects. She has 17 years and just finished the 11º year.

New publication about affinity-triggered hydrogels

Our last publication from Cláudia Fernandes, Ana Pina, Arménio Barbosa, Inês Padrão, Margarida Dias and Cecília Roque, together with collaborators from LAQV - FCT NOVA, LEAF from ISA and Department of Bioengineering and iBB – Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences from IST, was published in Biotechnology Journal.


The 1st edition of NOVA STEAM (STEAM - Sicience TEchnolog Arts Mathematics) Academy from FCT NOVA finished with great enthusiasm. 

Great gathering at the IUPAC 2019 in Paris

Cecília Roque was invited speaker at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Conference 2019 in Paris, France, that took place on 5-12 July. Together with the 50th IUPAC General Assembly and the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, this conference was held to celebrate the IUPAC 100th anniversary.

Cecília participated in the session 'The International Younger Chemists Network: Shaping the Future Worldwide' and it was a great to be part of the IUPAC centenary celebration together with such an inspiring group of young scientists.

Participation at the Ciencia 2019

We were a full day, on the 9th of July, at Ciencia 2019 meeting in Lisbon meeting scientists and learning more about the science made in Portugal. 

Affinity 2019 Conference

In June we were 3 days in Stockholm - June 26 to 28th - discussing affinity technology, molecular recognition and its application in industry at the Affinity 2019 Conference.

Rita Oliveira, Gonçalo Teixeira and Cecília Roque presented their work at the poster session and Manuel Matos gave a talk about 'Purification platform for antibodies & antibody based-fragments based on a de novo designed affinity adsorbent'.

New publications about SCENT project

Two papers were published related to SCENT project and our E-noose methodology to distinguish odours. Early this year, on February, Gonçalo Santos and Ana Carolina Pádua were both in Prague to attend the Biodevices 2019 Conference and the Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies were now released.

Last conferences attended: Gordon and ISOEN 2019

We have been busy traveling and participating in internatinal conferences this last month.

First Cecília Roque went together with Carina Esteves and Ana Pina to the Gordon Research Conference on "Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Chemistry" at Les Diablerets, Switerzland.

Expo FCT 2019, mais um ano a abrir as portas aos alunos do ensino secundário

Estivemos mais uma vez, no dia 24 de Abril, a participar na EXPO FCT 2019

Congratulations to Beatriz Santos that completed succefully her Master Degree

Last month, Beatriz Santos completed her Master's Degree in Chemical and Biochemistry Engineering with the thesis "Optimization of Sensing Materials for Gas Detection". In addition to Professor Cecília Roque, the jury was attended by Professor Mario Eusébio and Researcher Nídia Almeida.

Our last publication about 'Intelligent gelatin' has been in the media

Our new publication published in Materials Today this month was mentioned in several media news.

The paper showed that gelatin can be more than food. For the first time, it was shown an example of soft matter in artificial olfaction, where engineered gelatin materials combined with artificial intelligence tools were used to mimic the sense of olfaction.