Ana Cardoso is currently a PhD student at Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She holds a degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master’s in Biotechnology granted by FCT/UNL.
Since 2010, she is member of the Macromolecular Crystallography group where she started a PhD fellowship in 2013 from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. The major objective of her work is clarifying the insertion mechanism of the molybdenum cofactor (Moco) into apo-molybdoenzymes from structural point of view. She has been working with different chaperones and ABC (ATP binding cassette)-type transporters, in collaboration with Prof. Silke Leimkühler from University of Potsdam (Germany) and Dr. Maria Gabriela Rivas from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina).
To characterize these systems she uses X-ray Crystallography and BioSAXS. Along these years Ana has acquired know-how in molecular biology, chromatographic methods for protein purification, protein-protein/ligand interactions and she masters also other techniques as Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). She has several publications in international peer reviewed journals where the obtained results are thoroughly analysed.
In 2013 she attended the NOVA Doctoral School’s Research Skills Development course.