Pedro M. Matias

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


Pedro M. Matias graduated in chemical engineering in 1983 from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and obtained his Ph.D. degree in crystallography with Professor George A. Jeffrey at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree in 1986, he took a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Sung-Hou Kim, where he worked on the p21 ras project until 1988, when he returned to Portugal. After a short term of military service, he was invited by Professor António Xavier and Maria Arménia Carrondo to join as a postdoc the Structural Biology group of a newly founded CTQB research center in Oeiras. From 1990 to 1992, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, carrying out research at both institutions. Eventually, in 1992, he decided to dedicate himself full time to macromolecular crystallography and left the Instituto Superior Técnico, taking a Research Assistant position at CTQB. In 1995, he became an Auxiliary Researcher at CTQB, later ITQB, when this institute was created, and, in 2008, he became the Principal Researcher and Head of the Industry and Medicine Applied Crystallography Laboratory at ITQB. Since 2009, He has been working as the Head of the Proteomics Unit of IBET, a private nonprofit organization that derives its revenue from service contracts with industrial partners. His field of specialization includes single crystal crystallography of small and large molecules by X-ray and neutron diffraction, and his current research interests include structural studies of proteins with potential industrial and medical applications. He is also very interested in the application of state-of-the-art methods of protein crystal structure determination involving data obtained in synchrotrons, in particular multiwavelength anomalous dispersion. He serves as a Member of the European and American Crystallographic Associations.

Biography Updated on 21 January 2013

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