Dr Andreia De Almeida
Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow
My research focuses on identifying the role of small transmembrane water and glycerol channels, Aquaporins, in cancer development using known inhibitors rather than a genetic approach. The work aims at mapping the function of glycerol and hydrogen peroxide, permeating aquaporins, namely aquaglyceroporins, in cancer development, cell migration, differentiation and metabolism.
I am currently a Wellcome Trust ISSF fellow at the School of Medicine, where I work on identifying the role of Aquaporins in cancer development.
I graduated in Portugal, where I did both my BSc and MSc in Biochemistry, at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, which I concluded in 2011. During my studies, I did several internships, where I worked in molecular biology, mathematical modelling, microbiology and biophysics. Afterwards, I moved to The Netherlands, where I was awarded a PhD cum laude, in April 2016. My PhD work was focused on metallodrugs as protein modulators, especially on metal-based compounds as possible anticancer agents. I then moved to Cardiff, working as a postodctoral research associate at the School of Chemistry.
Honours and awards
Funding as Principal Investigator
- 2018 - Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship (£75k)
- 2018 - Aspiring Fellows fellowship as a part of Future Leaders in Cancer Research (FLiCR) initiative (£5000)
Funding as Co-Investigator
- 2019 - Co-Investigator in GW4 Initiator Grant (GW4 NanoMedicine) (£14k)
- 2018 - Co-Investigator in project awarded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal (220k €)
Travel grants and awards
- 2018 - Best Poster Presentation at Chemical Tools for Systems Biology III (RSC Conference), London, U.K.
- 2018 - Best Oral presentation at EUROBIC14 (European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference), Birmingham, U.K.
- 2018 - RSC Travel grant (Chemistry-Biology interface division), to attend Gordon Research conference in June 2018 (£400)
- 2017 - Selected Participant for the 67th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (5000€)
- 2014 - Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) fellowship in the Scope of COST Action CM1106 “Chemical Approaches to Targeting Drug Resistance in Cancer Stem Cells“ (1800€)
- 2013 - Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) fellowship in the Scope of COST Action CM0902 “Translocation of metallic ions across the biomembrane and their fate after uptake” (1800€)
- 2012 - Best Presenter, Pharmacy Day of Groningen Institute of Pharmacy, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
- Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
- Member of the Biochemical Society
- Member of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
- Ambassador and Member of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
- 2016 - 2018 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University
- 2012 - 2016 - PhD candidate, Groningen Institute of Pharmacy, Groningen University, The Netherlands
- 14th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EUROBIC14), 26-30 August 2018, Birmingham, U.K.
- South West structural Biology Consortium, June 2018, Exeter, U.K.
- South West structural Biology Consortium, July 2017, Cardiff, U.K.
- 1st International Symposium on Clinical and Experimental Metallodrugs in Medicine: Cancer Chemotherapy (CEMM), 12th-15th December 2015, Honolulu, USA
- 6th European Conference of Chemistry in Life Sciences, 10th-12th June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
- Medicinal Chemistry and Bioanalysis (MCB) Symposium, 25th August 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands
- 15th edition of the FIGON Dutch Medicines Days, 30 September - 2 October 2013, Ede, The Netherlands
- Whole Action Meeting of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CM1105 “Functional metal complexes that bind to biomolecules”, 9-10th September 2013, Barcelona, Spain
- Molecular Machinery COST Training School, 15-18th May 2013, Lisbon, Portugal
- WG1+ WG5 Joint Meeting COST Action CM1105 “Functional metal complexes that bind to biomolecules”, 25-26 February 2013, Groningen, The Netherlands
Committees and reviewing
Journal Reviewer for Chemical Communications (1), ChemMedChem (1), Chemistry - A European Journal (1), International Journal of Molecular Sciences (3), Amino Acids (1), Cells (2), Molecules (2)
Areas of expertise
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