I did my
first degree in Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of
Portugal. This was followed by my Ph.D. in Muon research at both the
of Glasgow, UK, and the then Swiss Institute
Nuclear Research (SIN) in Villigen, Switzerland, with Professor Emil Roduner. Subsequently I did a
post-doc in Molecular Modelling with Professor Graham Richards at the University of
UK. In 1991, I became a Professor in Theoretical Chemistry at the
Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, where I still am today. I now head the
and Computational Biochemistry Research Group but have kept my former
Oxford, becoming an Associate Director, back in 2000, of the Centre for
Computational Drug Discovery at Oxford, funded by the National
Cancer Research. I am a consultant for a multinational and have
performed extensive evaluation work for several research national and
I have had a number of administrative duties in my academic career such as Head of Department, member of Faculty Council, member of Evaluation Councils and Committees.
I am now the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, a member of the International Committee for the European Doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling as well as its homonymous Master Mundus program.
My scientific research focuses on
computational enzymatic catalysis, protein dynamics, computational mutagenesis, molecular
docking and drug discovery, all aiming at a better understanding of the
functions and applications of enzymes.