Miguel A. R. B. Castanho graduated in biochemistry, University of Lisbon, in 1990, and received his Ph.D. degree in 1993, Technical University of Lisbon. The Habilitation degree was awarded in 1999, University of Lisbon, for his research and teaching work in the field of molecular biophysics. M. Castanho uses optical spectroscopies such fluorescence emission, light scattering, and UV-Vis absorption to unravel structural details of lipid membrane-drug interactions. His general methodologies have been derived to estimate the depth of insertion and orientation of drugs in lipid bilayers, for instance. Since 2000, M. Castanho’s lab has focused particularly on peptide drugs: analgesic, antimicrobial, cell-penetranting or viral fusion inhibitors. For the work of the team he supervises, M. Castanho has received two Dr. Champalimaud awards (Ministry of health, Portugal) and the Vicente de Seabra medal (Portuguese Chemical Society). M. Castanho is a Full Professor in biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and Member of the Board of direction of the Portuguese Biophysical Society.
Biography Updated on 22 January 2008