Helena Coelho’s PhD thesis, developed at the (Bio)molecular Structure & Interactions by NMR Lab at UCIBIO-NOVA, was recognized with a second award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). This second award to Helena Coelho was attributed by the Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (GE-RMN -RSEQ), for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and its applications. This award recognizes not only the quality of the thesis presented but also the candidate's scientific trajectory, as well as the merits derived from this work in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance field.
The PhD research work entitled “NMR and molecular recognition of compounds related to the immune system” was carried out under the supervision Filipa Marcelo at the (Bio)molecular Structure and Interactions by NMR lab, led by Eurico Cabrita, and Jesús Jiménez-Barbero at Chemical and Glycobiology Lab (CIC bioGUNE, Spain), through a joint PhD degree between Faculty of Sciences and Technology from NOVA University Lisbon (UNL), Portugal and University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain. This work focused on the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy methods to understand key glycan-protein molecular recognition features in systems with biomedical relevance for cancer and bacterial infections.
Helena Coelho, currently a junior post-doctoral researcher hired through the project “Advances in MUC1 Glycan Cancer Antigens: From structure to function in the fight against cancer” (PTDC/BIA-MIB/31028/2017 PI Filipa Marcelo), will present an Invited oral communication on her thesis work at a future scientific GERMN Conference as well as a monetary prize of 1000 euros.