Luisa Maia received her Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical and Clinical Biochemistry from the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), for work on the characterisation of molybdenum-containing enzymes relevant to Human Health & Disease.

LM current research interests are focused on metalloproteins. She has been working with enzymes and small proteins (enzyme models), from bacterial and mammalian sources, performing mostly kinetic and mechanistic characterisations, but also studies to access the physiological role of human molybdoenzymes. Her recent efforts have been dedicated to the study of the new human nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. She is also studying formate dehydrogenases, aiming to use these molybdoenzymes to develop new catalysts for the conversion of the atmospheric carbon dioxide into added-value compounds. Simultaneously, she is also collaborating in the spectroscopic and kinetic characterisation of different biological and inorganic systems, containing iron, copper, nickel and other metals. In more detail, LM is interested in:
Human signalling pathways | Gasotransmitters | ROS/RNS
      • Nitric oxide (NO) metabolism - human and bacterial
      • Nitric oxide sensing
      • Mechanisms of disease
      • Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) metabolism
CDU - Enzymatic systems for carbon dioxide utilisation
       • Reduction to formate
       • Kinetic and mechanistic studies
Structure-activity relationships in metalloproteins
      (molybdenum, copper, haem and non-haem-iron) 
      • Spectroscopic and kinetic characterisation of metalloproteins and small proteins mimetics
      • Spectroscopic and kinetic characterisation of model complexes
      • Theoretical mechanistic studies of enzymatic mechanisms
      • Spectroscopic and kinetic characterisation of compounds with antioxidant activity
New catalytic activities of molybdoenzymes and other metalloproteins
      • Kinetic and mechanistic studies and in situ studies,
               in mammalian, plant and bacterial enzymes

FIELDS OF KNOWLEDGE: Biochemistry; Enzymology; Bioinorganic Chemistry; Spectroscopy

EXPERTISE: protein production, biochemical & functional characterisation (kinetics, mechanism, spectroscopy)

PRODUCTIVITY (summary as of March/2023): LM has a total of 54 publications: 35 articles in international journals with scientific refereeing (all in Q1 journals; 1 published as a 'Hot Paper'; accumulated 5-year Impact Factor > 250; >1,100 citations), 6 book chapters and 9 conferences abstracts. She is corresponding author in 14 publications and first author in 24. LM is also co-editor of 2 Books, from The Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer, and Guest-Editor of one special issue of the J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. (gathered 22 articles). Moreover, LM has 4 science divulgation publications in national journals and magazines (in Portuguese language). She also actively participates in several international and national scientific conferences (23 invited/oral communications in international conferences and 13 invited/oral communications in national ones; > 60 poster presentations). She has been actively participating in several R&D Projects and has experience in students and Post-Doc supervision (2 Post-Doc, 1 PhD student, 5 Masters, 6 Master students and 17 Undergraduate students).

 LinkTree:  LuisaBMaia  (here)
Scopus ID:   23005391000   (here)
 Ciência ID:   EF19-47FC-7FA9   (here)
 ORCID ID:   0000-0002-6901-6591   (here)
 Researcher ID:   F-8106-2011   (here)
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 NOVA Research Portal   (here)
 ResearchGate   (here)