Research Interests

Biophysics, structural biochemistry, membrane remodeling, lipid model membranes, DNA origami, protein/peptide/DNA-lipid interactions, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy/spectroscopy

Education & Research Experience

Since 2012 Postdoctoral researcher, Cellular and Molecular Biophysics Department (Prof. Petra Schwille), Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB), Martinsried, Germany
2007 - 2012                         PhD in Biomedical Sciences (summa cum laude), Physical Biochemistry lab (Prof. Miguel Castanho), Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), Fac. Medicine Uni. Lisbon (FMUL), Portugal
Dissertation: The role of lipid membranes in the mechanism of action of sifuvirtide and other HIV-1 fusion inhibitors (Advisor: Prof. Miguel Castanho; Co-advisor: Prof. Nuno Santos)
2003 - 2007 Degree in Biochemistry (Licentiate; honored with merit grants)
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Thesis: Lipid membranes as a key factor for the efficacy of the HIV-1 fusion inhibitor sifuvirtide (Advisor: Prof. Miguel Castanho)

Awards

2018 MPIB Junior Scientists’ Publication Award (JPSA), Martinsried, Germany
2017     Best Poster Award, EBSA/IUPAB Congress, Edinburgh
2016                 CeNS Best Interdisciplinary Publication Award, CeNS, Munich
2013 - 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship, AvH Stiftung
2011 Finalist of COHiTEC entrepreneurship program (member of team), COTEC & ISCTE, Portugal              
2010 Winner of Idea-2-Product Portugal (member of team), COTEC, Portugal
2010 2nd place Idea-2-Product Europe (member of team), RWTH Aachen, Germany
2010 Best YSF Oral Presentation Award, IUBMB Congress, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Best Poster Award, EBSA Congress, Genoa, Italy
2008 - 2011 FCT Doctoral Fellowship, FCT Portugal
2008 BES Award (for best graduate students), Fac. Sciences Univ. Lisbon
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