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Dr Andreia De Almeida

Dr Andreia De Almeida

Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7342
Tenovus Building, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


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

Professional memberships

  • 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)

Academic positions

  • 2016 - 2018 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University
  • 2012 - 2016 - PhD candidate, Groningen Institute of Pharmacy, Groningen University, The Netherlands

Speaking engagements

  • 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)