User Biography

I obtained my doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Buffalo – State University of New York in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Janet Morrow and Prof. John P. Richard. My Ph. D. work was focused on the design of artificial ribonucleases based on Zn(II) and Cu(II) complexes (biomimetic chemistry). In May 2004 I moved to the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and joined the research group of Prof. Vincent. L. Pecoraro as a postdoctoral researcher. My investigation was focused on De Novo designed metallopeptides. I developed three stranded coiled coil peptides capable of selectively binding different transition metal ions. Important insights into the characteristics of biological relevant metal ion binding sites were obtained that contributed to the understanding of how protein scaffolds attained their superb fine-tuning of metal ion properties (bioinspired approach). Afterwards, I moved to Portugal where I became the group leader of the Bioinorganic and Peptide Design group at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica in Oeiras. In 2013 I joined the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires de Marseille (iSm2 UMR CNRS 7313) at Aix-Marseille Université as CNRS CR1 researcher. My work as independent researcher is focused in the design of bioinspired peptide-based platforms for biotechnological and biomedical applications as well as for the development of novel catalysts for environmentally friendly chemical transformations. My interdisciplinary and highly collaborative research program involves chemical synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry, medicinal inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, computational chemistry, and chemical engineering.

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Ph.D., Chemistry, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, New York, USA, 2003