Luis Loura was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1971. He was graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering (1994) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry (1999), both from IST/Technical University in Lisbon. He started teaching as a Demonstrator in the Mathematics Department of IST (1992-1998), before moving to the Chemistry Department of the University of Evora (as Teaching Assistant and later Assistant Professor), where he stayed until 2007, and taking a position as anAssociate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra. His research interests lie in the following areas: i) biophysics of model systems of biological membranes (liposomes), biologically relevant membrane composition heterogeneities (domains, rafts), interaction of proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids with membranes, distribution/aggregation state of other compounds of biological relevance, in relation with membrane properties (composition, polymorphism); ii) photophysics and fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), theory of FRET between chromophores with nonrandom distribution or in restricted geometry, development and testing (by computational simulation) of theoretical models and programming algorithms for analysis of complex fluorescence decay kinetics; iii) molecular dynamics simulations of lipid bilayers and their interaction with membrane-active peptides and fluorescent molecular probes.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2011