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Maria M. M. Santos

Medicinal Organic Chemistry Group, iMed.ULisboa

Departamento de Ciências Farmacêuticas e do Medicamento

Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 217 946 451
Fax: +351 217946470
E-mail: mariasantos@ff.ulisboa.pt


I graduated in Applied Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon in 1999. After a short period at the University Paris-Sud XI (Orsay, France) working in catalysis, I started a PhD in the field of Indolocarbazole synthesis at Ana Lobo’s research group (New University of Lisbon, 2000-2004). In 2004, I was awarded a post-doctoral FCT fellowship to work in the area of asymmetric synthesis at the Amat-Bosch’s research group (University of Barcelona, Spain). In 2006, I shifted my research focus to medicinal chemistry and returned to Portugal for a post doc at the group of Rui Moreira of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon (FFUL).

My independent career started in 2008, when I was hired as Assistant Researcher at FFUL through the international tender Ciência 2007 programme. After being awarded a FCT investigator grant (2013-2018) and a CEEC individual grant (2019-2020), I was hired as an assistant professor of  the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicines Department of FFUL. The ultimate goal of my research group is the development of general synthetic methods and strategies, and their application to the synthesis of bioactive molecules. For detailed information, please take a look at our recent publications!


Other Activities

- School Council Member of the Faculty of Pharmacy

- Leader of the Medicinal Organic Chemistry Group of the Research Institute of Medicines

- Managing Committee Member and STSM Coordinator of COST Action CA18117

- Member of the International Advisory Board of ChemMedChem/Wiley-VCH

- Member of the Editorial Board of Pharmaceuticals (MDPI)


Awards and distinctions

2018 - CEEC Individual grant, Principal Researcher, FCT

2016 - Nominated to appear in the book Woman in Science (Mulheres na Ciência) – Ciência Viva

2016 - Nominated as Portuguese NAO Liason officer - European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) (2016-2020)

2015 - Elected member of the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the medicinal chemistry division - Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) (2016-2020)

2015 - Portuguese Award for Best Young Organic Chemist 2015 awarded by Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ)

2015 - Nominated an emerging investigator by MedChemComm of RSC (special issue New Talent:Europe)

2013 - Investigador FCT grant, Assistant Researcher, FCT