Francisca-Lopes

Francisca Lopes

Principal Investigator
Short bio & current area(s) of interest
F. Lopes has a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. Lopes received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Lisbon, with a project combining physical organic chemistry and prodrug reactivity. She is Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. She was a visiting researcher at University of Cape Town in 2016. Lopes is involved in the design of antimalarial agents targeting several stages of the malaria parasite’s life-cycle. She pioneered the use of the hybrid drug concept in antimalarial drug discovery. Lopes is developing pro-drugs as targeted delivery systems based on parasite-selective mechanisms such as the Fe(II)-triggered activation of endoperoxides. Currently, she is translating this concept to target Leishmania parasites and to develop tumor activated pro-drugs. Additionally, she is developing new lead compounds for tuberculosis treatment using a multitargeting approach.

Degree (2002) in Chemistry (Biological Processes), University of Coimbra, Portugal

PhD (2008) in Medicinal Chemistry (Paris-Sud University, France) and Chemistry (University of Insubria, Italy).

Post-doctoral Fellow, ITQB, Oeiras, Portugal

Post-doctoral Fellow (2010 – 2015), University of Lisbon (FFUL), Portugal

Invited Assistant Professor (2012 – 2015), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal

FCT Investigator, (2015 – 2020), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Assistant Professor (2020), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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