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Directive Comitee



Graça Soveral
University of Lisbon
Faculty of Pharmacy, iMed.UL

Graça Soveral is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, where she lectures 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.

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 presently assistant professor at Aveiro mass spectrometry center at University of Aveiro, Portugal. His research is concerned with applications of mass spectrometry for the study of oxidative stress. 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 amino acids. Currently his special interests are the study and characterization of oxidized lipids peptides and proteins. He is the Director of the Master in Biochemistry of the University of Aveiro. Orcid ID: 0000-0002-8060-7675 ResearcherID: E-5202-2010

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.

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Ana Salomé Veiga

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 President
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.


Secretary 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.
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Paula Ludovico



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.
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Cecília Santos
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Ana Teresa Caldeira



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 Silva President of SPFV
Jorge Silva
FCUL, University of Lisbon

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


SPB Members belonging to FEBS structure



Member of the FEBS Publications Committee
Miguel Castanho
University of Lisbon
Faculty of Medicine, IMM
Miguel Castanho is full professor of Biochemistry at the School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), and principal investigator at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal. He is the coordinator of the Physical Biochemistry Unit and his main research interests relate to antibody and peptide-lipid interactions. HIV fusion inhibitors, antimicrobial peptides, cell-penetrating peptides, analgesic peptides and amyloidogenic peptides are among the molecules under study.

Claudina Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Career of Young Scientists
Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada
New University of Lisbon
Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada got her PhD in Biochemistry at the" Institut de Biologie Physico Chimique"/ Paris VII University, in January 1980. After 30 years of doing research at the IGC, she moved to ITQB where she is Full Professor and head of Genomics and Stress laboratory. She is author and co-author of over 100 publications. Her main research interests are related to Regulation of Gene Expression under metal and oxidative stress in eukaryotic cells, to metabolic aspects of Desulfovibrio gigas and uncovering its genome. In 1994 she was elected EMBO member. She was President of the Biochemical Society from 1998-2004, and was from 1994 until 2004, delegate of the Portuguese Biochemical Society to the FEBS council, and in 2001 was President of the 27th FEBS Congress held in Lisbon, Portugal. She was Vice-president and President of FEBS in 2002 and 2003-2004. In 2004 she was elected chairman of the committee of Young Scientist career, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2012. In 2004 she was awarded the FEBS "Diplôme d'honneur".
Cecília Chair of the FEBS Working Group on Women in Science
Cecília Arraiano
New University of Lisbon


margarida Fellowships Committee
Margarida Oliveira New
University of Lisbon ITQB
For 23 years, Margarida Oliveira was Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Department of Plant Biology, where she taught and coordinated several disciplines of Diploma and MSc, in the areas of cell biology, plant development, plant biotechnology and genetic engineering. Since 2008 she is Associate Professor at ITQB and since 2010 she is ITQB vice-Director. She has supervised several students, from Diploma to Post-Doc Degrees (17 PhD students have already graduated and another 11 have an ongoing PhD project). She is coordinator of the Scientific Committee of ITQB PhD program, member of the Teaching Quality Committee of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Director of the Plant Genomics Infrastructural area of IBET. Margarida Oliveira is a member da FEBS Fellowships Committee

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  Affiliated Societies  

The Portuguese Biophysical Society is an affiliated organisation of the Portuguese Biochemical Society. It was formed following a joint Biophysics Congress (1st Portuguese - Spanish Biophysics Congress) held in Lisbon, Portugal in 1995. The Society, devoted primarily to fostering education and research opportunities for young biophysicists, intends to gather a significant number of researchers with basic expertise in other areas (such as chemistry, biology, physical-chemistry) who have subsequently migrated to Biophysics, and also a new generation of researchers who have obtained training or are undertaking research in other areas of biophysics. The Portuguese Biophysical Society is a member of IUPAB ( International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics), and EBSA (European Biophysical Societies' Association). The activities of the Portuguese Biophysical Society are primarily sponsored by the Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Portugal.

The  Sociedade Portuguesa de Fisiologia Vegetal (SPFV) was founded in 1977 as an affiliated Society of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Bioquímica (SPB) and congregates scientists and graduate students within the area of Plant Biology, in particular, Plant Physiology, Plant Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Biology.


SPB is member of the following scientific organizations


International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - IUBMB

FEBS Federation of European Biochemical Societies - FEBS
PABMB Panamerican Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - PABMB


SPB has protocols established with the following scientific organizations


Sociedade Brasileira de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular - SBBq

SEBBM Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular - SEBBM
Anbioq Associação Nacional de Bioquímicos - anbioq
SPN Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurociências - SPN



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