Biochemistry & Pharmacology: Open Access

Biochemistry & Pharmacology: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0501


Ana Martins

Ana Martins

Assistant Professor, Dept. Applied Biology, University  of Sharjah

Dr. Ana Martins got her B.Sc. in Biochemistry (1994) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry/ Enzymology (2000) from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. For my Ph.D. She was awarded a 4-year fellowship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT). After graduating she applied for and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship also from FCT, to continue her studies and research in the USA. She joined Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech in 2002 and began working in the Biochemical Networks Modeling Group under the supervision of Dr. Pedro Mendes. In 2004 she was hired as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at VBI and in 2007  she became the lab manager of the Mendes' group. One year after Dr. Mendes moved to Manchester and she moved to Dr. Shulaev's Biochemical Profiling group also at VBI. In November 2008 she decided to join Brenda Winkel's group (Plant Multienzyme Systems) at the Department of Biological sciences, also at Virginia Tech. In 2010 my husband came to the American University of Sharjah in Sabatical and she got an assistant Professor position at the University of Sharjah (UoS), in the Dept. of Applied Biology. The Biotechnology program at UoS is a joint programme with the University of Sheffield (UK) and it is really promising! In between the USA and the UAE I briefly worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy (Lisbon, Portugal) at the Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Systems Group.
Research Interest

Dr. Ana Martins research interests are in the areas of Protein Science/enzymology and Microbiology (I have been working with S. cerevisiae since 1993): - Biochemical networks modeling / Enzymology

  • • kinetic characterization of enzymes of the pentose phosphate pathway to integrate in a bottom-up yeast model – initial rate studies and progress curve analysis
  • • identification of gene function by high-throughput protein activity analysis
  • • kinetic characterization of ureases of different Brucella strains

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