Dr Maria Matos

BSc, MSc, PhD, PhD

Postdoctoral Affiliate

Maria João Matos

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Email: mm2147@cam.ac.uk

Maria João Matos


Maria João Matos was born in Oporto, Portugal. Maria graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Porto in 2006. In the last year of her degree, she moved to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci fellow. She obtained her Master in Organic Chemistry in 2008, from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She won a fellowship from the Spanish Education and Science Ministry for her first year as graduated student in mobility. She completed her first PhD cum laude in 2010, at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Science and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Cagliari (Italy), financed by the MIUR. Maria completed her second PhD cum laude in 2013, at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela, financed by a Portuguese FCT fellowship. She won also a mobility fellowship from the Spanish Education and Science Ministry that allowed Maria obtaining the European PhD degree.

After a stay of invited researcher at the University of Chile, in January of 2014, she jointed the research group of Prof. Fernanda Borges (University of Porto), as FCT postdoctoral fellow. She earned a temporary appointment as Visiting Professor in the Department of Environmental and Life Science, University of Cagliari, in September 2015. She moved to Cambridge in October 2015 with a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from Xunta de Galicia.

Maria is author of 71 peer-reviewed articles. She is also author of more than 85 peer-reviewed abstracts (poster and oral communications) in several scientific events, 35 proceedings, 3 book chapters, 2 editorials and 1 patent.

Beside Science, Maria is a ballet, contemporary and TAP dancer since she was 5 years old. Maria did several photography courses and workshops, being since 2012 member of a Photography Association’s board. Finally, Maria obtained a 1-year postgraduate degree in Creative Writing in 2015.

Research Interests

Last year’s: My research experience is focused on the Medicinal Chemistry, especially in the early stages of the process, which involves the design, synthesis and biological screening of new compounds based on heterocyclic scaffolds. Our major project involved the design and development of new strategies to direct the synthesis, and pharmacological studies of natural product-based compounds focus in neurodegenerative diseases’ therapies.

Currently: Our research programme lies at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. We are working in site-selective protein modification for the development of efficient chemoselective methods compatible with biological systems and their use to redesign the structure and function of proteins of biological and therapeutic interest in cancer.