Research Projects

Research Projects (PI from the Molecular Biophysics group)

  • "Analytical tools to study the effect of cosmic radiation exposure in professional airline pilots", PTDC/SAU-SAP/111482/2009,1-01-2011 to 31-12-2013.
  • “Biomineralization and iron release control in enzymes of the ferritin family”, ref. PTDC/BIA-PRO/111485/2009, Requimte, CQFB, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), PI Pedro Tavares.
  • "Ion Jelly® technology as matrix for new biosensors" PTDC/EBB-BIO/114288/2009, Requimte, CQFB, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL).
  • “Microsensores na monitorização de fármacos administrados nas forças nacionais destacadas” (Microsensors for pharmaceutical compounds monitoring within the National Forces in mission)”, Academia Militar (AM/MDN), Project PI João Paulo Sousa, FCT-UNL (participating institution, team leader Cristina Cordas).
  •  “An Hydrogen Peroxide Sensor in an Anaerobic Bacteria”, EXPL/BBB-BQB/0354/2012, (June 2012 – May 2013)
  • “The enzyme PDE5 as a new therapeutic target in the treatment of endocrine-related tumors: from protein characterization to biological significance”. Project granted by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e Della Ricerca, Direzione Generale per il Coordinamento e lo Sviluppo della ricerca, Itália, coordenated by Ines Barone from Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.
  • “Stalking intermediates on iron oxidation by anaerobic bacterial ferritins”, PTDC/QUI/64248/2006, from 1-01-2009 to 3-06-2012.
  • “Iron detoxification and stress response in bacteria. A mechanistic study”, PTDC/QUI/67142/2006, from 01-11-2007 to 31-10-2010.
  • “Estudos cinéticos e mecanísticos da redução do superóxido”, POCI/QUI/57475/2004, from 1-09-2005 to 31-08-2009.
  • “Mechanistic and structural studies of iron oxidation and storage by fast ferritins”, POCTI/QUI/47273/2002, from 1-11-2003 to 31-10-2006.
  • “Structural and mechanistic studies of fatty acid desaturases. Looking for reactivity of diiron clusters”, POCTI/QUI/37413/2001, from 01-03-2002 to 30-10-2005.

As team members/Collaborators

  • "Biologic building blocks and relevant electron transfer processes: an atom-collision study", PTDC/FIS-ATO/1832/2012, 01-03-2013 to 28-02-2015, FCT/MEC.
  • “Chemical strategies for high-throughput proteomics: A rationally designed Affinity Tag-Receptor as a new approach for the production, purification and immobilization of recombinant proteins”, PTDC/BIO/65383/2006, from 1-09-2007 to 31-08-2011, FCT/MEC.
  • “The two terminal enzymes of denitrification - Nitric oxide reductase and nitrous oxide reductase”, PTDC/QUI/64638/2006, from 1-01-2008 to 30-06-2011, FCT/MEC.
  • “New molybdo and copper cofactors in proteins isolated from sulphate reducers”, POCTI/QUI/55350/2004, 2005-2008, FCT/MEC.
  • “Role of defense-related genes during the establishment of root-nodule symbioses between higher plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria”, POCI/AGR/55651/2004, 2005-2008, FCT/MEC.
  • Project "Redox-BioMaterials: Design of new redox biomaterials and their application in Biofuel cells for the production of electrical energy, feedstock chemicals and building blocks", PTDC/EBB-EBI/099237/2008, PI Luís Fonseca (IBB/IST), Cristina Cordas participation as member of IBB/IST team and currently as member of Requimte at FCT/UNL.