A. Cecília Afonso Roque

Principal Investigator



BSc in Chemical Engineering, IST-UTL, Portugal (1999)

PhD in Biotechnology, IST-UTL, Portugal  (2004)

Habilitation in Bioengineering, FCT-UNL, Portugal (2015)

Professional Positions

  • Associate Professor with Habilitation at FCT/UNL  (2017-present)
  • Assistant Professor at FCT/UNL  (2005-2016)
  • Principal Investigator of Biomolecular Engineering Group (2005-present)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher at INESC-MN and BERG, IST-UTL, Portugal (2005)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher and Research Assistant at Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, UK (2004-2005)
  • Visiting Researcher at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA  (August 2004)

Previous Honors (between 2000-2005) 

  • Young Investigators Award Hoffman-La Roche  (2005)
  • Award CUF for PhD thesis (2004)
  • Visiting Fellowship Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2004)
  • AJ Banks Award Society of Chemical Industry (2004)
  • 1K Business Plan Competition, Cambridge University Entrepeneurs Center (2000)

Previous publications (between 2004-2006)

  • Stevenson A.C., Araya-Kleinsteuber B., Kioupritzi E., Roque A.C.A., Lowe C.R.(2006), Noncontact excitation of quartz crystal resonator chips , Applied Physics Letters, 89: 083516.
  • Ruiu, L., Roque, A.C.A., Taipa, M.A., Lowe, C.R. (2006) De novo design, synthesis and screening of a combinatorial library of complementary ligands directed towards the surface of cutinase from Fusarium solani pisi , Journal of Molecular Recognition, 19: 372-378.
  • Araya-Kleinsteuber, B., Roque, A.C.A, Kioupritzi, E., Stevenson, A.C., and Lowe, C.R. (2006) Magnetic Acoustic Resonance Immunoassay (MARIA): a Multifrequency Acoustic Approach for the Non-labelled detection of Biomolecular Interactions , Journal of Molecular Recognition, 19: 379-385.
  • A.C. Stevenson, A.C.A. Roque, B. Araya-Kleinsteuber, E. Kioupritzi and C.R. Lowe (2006) Wireless excitation of quartz crystals immersed in an aqueous fluid , The Analyst, 131: 474-476.
  • Roque, A.C.A. and Lowe, C.R., (2006) Advances and applications of de novo designed affinity ligands in proteomics , Biotechnology Advances, 24: 17-26.
  • Roque, A.C.A. and Lowe, C.R. (2005) Lessons from nature: On the molecular recognition elements of the phosphoprotein binding-domains , Biotechology & Bioengineering, 91: 546-555.
  • Roque, A.C.A., Taipa, M.A., Lowe, C.R. (2005), Synthesis and screening of a rationally designed combinatorial library of affinity ligands mimicking protein L from Peptrostreptococcus magnus , Journal of Molecular Recognition, 18: 213-224.
  • Roque, A.C.A., Taipa, M.A., Lowe, C.R. (2005), An artificial Protein L for the purification of immunoglobulins and Fab fragments by affinity chromatography , Journal of Chromatography A, 1064: 157-167.
  • Roque, A.C.A., Lowe, C.R., Taipa, M.A. (2004), Antibodies and Genetically Engineered Related Molecules: Production and Purification , Biotechnology Progress, 20: 639-654.
  • Roque, A.C.A., Taipa, M.A., Lowe, C.R. (2004), A new method for the screening of solid phase combinatorial libraries for affinity chromatography , Journal of Molecular Recognition, 17:262-267.


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Office 534 / Lab 523, Chemistry Department, FCT-NOVA

Phone: +351 21 294 8385 (ext 10904)

Email: cecilia.roque@fct.unl.pt