Maria João Ramos

Computational Biochemistry, University of Porto

Maria João Ramos

I did my first degree in Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal. This was followed by my Ph.D. in Muon research at both the University of Glasgow, UK, and the then Swiss Institute for 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 Oxford, 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 Theoretical and Computational Biochemistry Research Group but have kept my former link to Oxford, becoming an Associate Director, back in 2000, of the Centre for Computational Drug Discovery at Oxford, funded by the National Foundation for Cancer Research. I am a consultant for a multinational and have performed extensive evaluation work for several research national and foreign entities.

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.

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