New paper about metallopeptides & computational design approach

Hydrolytic zinc enzymes are common targets for protein design but the computational design of metal-containing proteins remains challenging due to the need to properly model protein–metal interactions. To overcome these limitations, the authors propose to integrate information of protein–metal interactions in long time scale simulations by focusing on the inherent flexibility of small proteins and their interactions with the metal ion by molecular dynamics simulations and spe

Beatriz Mariz finished her MSc in Biochemistry

Today it was Beatriz Mariz day! She just finished with much success her Master in Biochemistry with the thesis “Artificial fluorescent phosphatase enzyme”. Ana Pina, the supervisor, Cecília Roque, co-supervisor, and the rest of the group could not be more happy for her.

We wish you all the best Bia, it was great to meet, work and have fun with you.

Inês Padrão finished her MSc in Biotechnology

Inês finished her MSc in Biotechnology with the thesis “Multicomponent Chemically and Physically Cross-linked Hydrogels” last Wednesday, the 6th of November.

Congratulations Inês Padrão for a successful Master Thesis Defense. We wish you all the best to your next professional challenge. It was great to have you with us.

NOVAsaúde 2nd International Conference

The environment and its consequences on human health were discussed on October 14th, 2019, at the NOVAsaúde 2nd International Conference dedicated to the theme "Respiratory Disease and Environmental Health". 

Welcome to the team, Wilton Cardoso

The coffee has a new undeniably aroma in our office that it had not had in the past mornings.

A night where science meets fun, European Reseachers' Night 2019

We had a great night again among all the researchers and people that pass by to visit 'The scent of science' at the European Reseachers' Night 2019 that took place on 27th September, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC-ULisboa) and Jardim do Príncipe Real.

Welcome to the team, Eduardo Simões

Eduardo Simões is a new undergraduate student that arrived in the begining of September. He will be at our lab doing an internship until December 2019. He is Brazilian and studies Chemical Engineering at the Poli-Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

NOVA science for a day

On the 18th of September, 2019, Carina Esteves presented her PhD work about 'Intelligent gels for artificial olfaction' at the 2nd Edition of

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.