Portuguese Biochemical Society

SPB Governance

Directive Comitee

Graça Soveral President
Graça Soveral
University of Lisbon
Faculty of Pharmacy, iMed.UL
Graça Soveral is an Associate Professor (with Habilitation) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, where she lectures Clinical Biochemistry Clinical Biochemistry and Human Nutrition. She is group leader (Biological Transport) at Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa). Her main research area is Membrane Transport, with special emphasis on water and solute transport and osmoregulation in mammalian and yeast cells. Current research is focused on transport systems as targets for drug action in diseases whose etiology might be supported by transporters dysfunction or aberrant expression. Researcher ID: L-1550-2013; ORCID: 0000-0001-8487-110X

Vitor Costa Vice-President
Vítor Costa
University of Porto
Vítor Costa is an Associate Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, where he lectures Biochemistry and Molecular Signalling. He is group leader (Yeast Signalling Networks) at Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S), University of Porto. His research focuses on the role of bioactive sphingolipids and nutrient signalling pathways in the regulation of cellular processes, namely mitochondrial function, redox homeostasis, proteostasis and apoptosis, and how deregulation of these signalling networks impacts on aging and cell death in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Researcher ID: A-2647-2008. ORCID: 0000-0002-7868-4663.

Pedro General Secretary
Pedro Domingues
Department of Chemistry,
University of Aveiro
Pedro Domingues is an Associate Professor (with Habilitation) at Aveiro mass spectrometry centre at University of Aveiro, Portugal. Main work has been developed in the detection and characterization of free radicals by mass spectrometry, the study of oxidative stress in lipids and phospholipids and proteins. Currently, his special interests are the study and characterization of oxidized lipids, peptides and proteins using mass spectrometric approaches. He is author or co-author of more than 200 publications. He was the Director of the Master in Biomolecular Methods of the University of Aveiro (2007-2009) and the Director of the Master in Biochemistry of the University of Aveiro (2010-2018) and member of the Pedagogical Board of the University of Aveiro (2013-2019). Orcid ID: 0000-0002-8060-7675 ResearcherID: E-5202-2010

Aureliano Treasurery
Manuel Aureliano
University of Algarve
Manuel Aureliano, is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry (With Aggregation) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Algarve, Portugal. Besides Biochemistry, he teaches matters related with Muscle Contraction and Metals in Biology. At the Algarve University, since 1997/98, he has been for more than ten years the Biochemistry degree director and/or vice-director. He is regularly, a peer reviewer (over 150 papers) for numerous scientific journals (above 30 journals) and has served on the Editorial Boards of several Journals. Until now, he was supervisor and/or co-supervisor of many pos-doc, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students (over 90), and he has published about 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. Finally, he was Editor of the book “Vanadium Biochemistry”, 2007, Research SignPost, India.

AV Adjunct Secretary
Ana Salomé Veiga
Ana Salomé Veiga is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and member of the Physical Biochemistry of Drugs & Targets group at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM Lisboa). Her research is focused on the study of membrane-active peptides, with activities ranging from antimicrobial to antiviral and anticancer. She develops and studies the mechanism of action at the molecular level of the peptides using a wide variety of biophysical methods. ORCID: 0000-0002-9892-2243

barbara Adjunct Secretary
Bárbara Rocha
Barbara S. Rocha is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra and member of the Redox Biology and Brain Sensing Group at Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra. Her main research interests are dietary-driven post-translational modifications of gut proteins induced by nitrate and nitrite and ensued translational impact. After demonstrating that nitrated gastric proteases may prevent the development of peptic ulcer disease, she is currently studying how dietary nitrate, by modulating gut microbiota communities, assures local physiological mechanisms upon antibiotic therapy. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0697-8806. ResearcherID: M-7768-2014

francisco Adjunct Secretary
Francisco Pinto
Francisco Pinto is an Assistant Professor at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, where he lectures Quantitative Methods in Systems Biology and Experimental Design in Biochemistry. He is a Principal Investigator (RNA Systems Biology) at Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI). His research focuses on biological network analysis and mathematical modeling of regulatory networks in heath and disease states. Researcher ID: A-7443-2008. ORCID: 0000-0002-4217-0054.


General Assembly Board

João Laranjinha
University of Coimbra
Faculty of Pharmacy, CNC
João Laranjinha is Full Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra and group leader (Redox Biology in Health and Disease) at Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology of Coimbra, Portugal. His main scientific interests include: (1) Redox regulation of cell functions and the molecular mechanisms inherent to neuromodulation and aging that critically involve free radicals and oxidants, in particular those involving nitric oxide; (2)The nitrite:nitric oxide pathway as affected by dietary compounds (mainly as polyphenols) and ensued regulatory process with impact in in gastrointestinal and cardiovascular physiology.

DoraSecretary of the Assembly Table
Dora Brites
University of Lisbon
Dora Brites was graduated in Pharmacy  in 1976, received her PhD degree in  Biochemistry in 1988 and habilitation in Biological Sciences in in 2004 from the Universidade de Lisboa. She is presently Research Coordinator and Invited Full Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Human Biology at the Faculty of Paharmacy of the Universidade de Lisboa and Group Leader of Neuron Glia Biology in Health and Disease unit of the Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa). Her current research interests reside on age-related neurodegenerative disorders, namely Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, with a main focus on neuroinflammatory signalling pathways and deregulated neuronal-glia cross-talk, including the shedding, microRNA content and distribution of exosomes and ectosomes. Final goal is to identify targets and develop driven medicines. Researcher ID:  M-8293-2013. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3024-9777.

PLAdjunct of the Secretary of the Assembly Table
Paula Ludovico
Paula Ludovico is an Associate Professor at School of Medicine, University of Minho, where she lectures Biochemistry and Molecular and Celular Biology. She is a Principal Investigator at the Health and Life Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine, University of Minho. Paula has been developing work on the mechanisms of regulated cell death in yeast and in mammalian cells. Her research is mainly focused on control of homeostasis during aging particularly on proteostasis and its impact on aged-related diseases. Researcher ID: B-4338-2011. ORCID: 0000-0003-4130-7167.

Fiscal Committee

Cláudio Soares
ITQB, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Cláudio M. Soares is Dean of ITQB NOVA (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier da Universidade Nova de Lisboa). He is the coordinator of the Protein Modelling Laboratory, whose work ranges from basic research in methods, to applications with biotechnological and biomedical interest. His lab uses Structural Bioinformatics/Biomolecular simulation methods to understand, together with experimental collaborators, biological processes at the atomic level. Biological electron and proton transfer, enzyme structure and kinetics in non-aqueous systems, molecular mechanisms in ABC transporters, and Haemagglutinin mediated membrane fusion mechanisms in Influenza virus are recent areas of research in his lab.

Cecília Santos

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Ana Teresa Caldeira
Chemistry Department, University of Evora
Ana Teresa Caldeira, is Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department, University of Evora, with habilitation in Biochemistry and PhD in Chemistry-Specialization in Biochemistry/Biotechnology. Curricular management activities: director of the PhD in Biochemistry; group leader  of the Biotechnology and Biodegradation Unity (2BU) of the HERCULES  Lab and vice-director of the Research and Advanced Studies Institute of the University of Evora (IIFA), which is the university unit responsible for the doctoral school and the research units. Most relevant professional experience: analytical biochemistry and microbial physiology. Biochemistry/Biotechnology applied to cultural heritage. Supervisor of over 100 undergraduate, 20 master, 10 PhD thesis and 8 Pos Doc. Publications: over 100 scientific papers with peer review, 200 communications in scientific meetings and 8 patents. Orcid: 0000-0001-5409-6990; Ciência ID: 4414-AA39-9843

Consulting Committee

Former SPB president
Francisco Ambrósio
António Francisco Ambrósio is the leader of Retinal Dysfunction Group at IBILI.His main scientific interests lie in the field of Vision Sciences and Neuroscience, more specifically on the pathogenic mechanisms underlying retinal dysfunction and degeneration in retinal degenerative diseases (diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma), giving a particular attention to the role played by inflammatory mediators. Francisco Ambrósio has been also interested in understanding the physiological role of Neuropeptide Y in the retina. Francisco Ambrósio was president of the Portuguese Association of Biochemists (2000-2004) and secretary-general and co-founder of the Portuguese Society of Stem Cells and Cellular Therapy (2005-2007), and since 2004 is the secretary-general of the Portuguese Society of Biochemistry.


Jorge SilvaPresident of SPFV
Jorge Silva
FCUL, University of Lisbon

NunoPresident of SPBf
Nuno C. Santos
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, University of Lisbon