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ORCID: 0000-0001-6169-5035



** University Lecturer

Chancellor's Research Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom


**Adjunct Professor & Principal Investigator

Drug Discovery Programme, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Finland



**Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA), 2017

**Title of “Docent” (Adjunct Professor) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2015

**Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal & University of Maryland, USA, (highest-scoring grade, “Passed with Distinction and Honours”), 2008

**Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharm.D.), University of Coimbra, Portugal, Grade 17 out of 20 (First-class honours), awarded with the “ Sociedade Farmacêutica Lusitana Award” (best student of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the year in Portugal), 2003



Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products, Antimicrobial and anti-biofilm agents & materials, Neglected diseases, Cancer, (Neuro)inflammation



The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (TEKES); Huonekalusäätio; University of Helsinki Research Funds; Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation; Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT); FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1 (European Funding); Academy of Finland; Tenovus Sctoland



Doctoral students

Declan Mullen (Oct 2018 - ); Next generation bio-based antimicrobial agents

Ghada Hassan (Sep 2016-); Sustainable antimicrobial coatings

Tiina Ahonen (Sep 2014-); New drugs for chronic pain

Nina Forsman (co-supervisor; Sep 2016-); Sustainable multifunctional coatings for textiles and other cellulosic materials



Post-doctoral researchers

Dr. Xing Wan (May 2017- Jan 2018); Sustainable antimicrobial coatings

Dr. Leena Keurulainen (Sep 2016 - Apr 2017); Sustainable antimicrobial coatings

Doctoral students

Dr. Laura Kolsi (main supervisor, graduated 2019); Synthesis of Abietane-Type Diterpenoids with Anticancer Activity

Dr. Raisa Haavikko (co-supervisor; graduated 2015); Synthesis of betulins with new bioactivities

Dr. Nehad El-Salamouni (visiting doctoral student; graduated 2013); Design and synthesis of some novel phenolic compounds and their quinone oxidation products of potential biological activities


M.Sc. students

M.Sc. Ruaraidh MacGregor (main supervisor, graduated 2018), Cellulose antimicrobial solutions

M.Sc. Graeme Lester (main supervisor, graduated 2018), The anticancer activity of picealactones

M.Sc. Declan Mullen (main supervisor, graduated 2018); Targeting metabolic serine hydrolases for the development of new anti-inflammatory drug leads

M.Sc. Henni-Karoliina Ropponen (main supervisor, graduated 2018); Exploiting the Potential of Abietane-type Diterpenoids for the Design and Synthesis of Antimicrobial and Anti-biofilm Agents

M.Sc. Peter Grutschreiber (co-supervisor, graduated 2017); Synthesis and characterisation of morphine derivatives as intermediates in development of new compounds for treatment of chronic pain

M.Sc. Tiina Mäenpää (co-supervisor, graduated 2017); Derivatives of abietic acid and their bioactivity

M.Sc. Eunice Cavalheiro (co-supervisor, graduated 2017); Synthesis of 5-methylene(thio)ureas (thio)barbiturates as potential xanthine oxidase inhibitors

M.Sc. Sara Krogerus (co-supervisor, graduated 2016); Benzylic oxidations of dehydroabietic acid derivatives at positions 7 and 15

M.Sc. Ghada Hassan (main supervisor, graduated 2016); Synthesis of abietic and dehydroabietic acid derivatives to target bacterial biofilms

M.Sc. Augustin Long (co-supervisor, graduated 2014); Modification of resin acids for the production of biologically active molecules

M.Sc. Anna-Kaarina Palomäki (co-supervisor; graduated 2013); Lääkeaineisiin ja rohdoksiin liittyvien tutkimuksellisten kokeellisten töiden kehittäminen lukion kemianopetukseen


Education/Academic qualification

University of Helsinki

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Coimbra

External positions

Management Committee Member (CM1307)

Jan 2016Mar 2018

Adjunct Professor & Principal Investigator, University of Helsinki

Jun 2015 → …

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Abietane Diterpenes Medicine & Life Sciences
Derivatives Chemical Compounds
Prostatic Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Steroid 17-alpha-Hydroxylase Medicine & Life Sciences
Androgen Receptors Medicine & Life Sciences
Indazoles Chemical Compounds
Steroids Chemical Compounds
Diterpenes Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2011 2021

DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Mullen, Declan

Moreira, V., Parkinson, J. & Mullen, D.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2005 2019

Dehydroabietylamine-based cellulose nanofibril films: a new class of sustainable biomaterials for highly efficient, broad-spectrum antimicrobial effects

Hassan, G., Forsman, N., Wan, X., Keurulainen, L., Bimbo, L. M., Sisko-Johansson, L., Sipari, N., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Zimmernann, R., Stehl, S., Werner, C., Saris, P., Osterberg, M. & Moreira, V. M., 4 Feb 2019, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cellulose films
Biocompatible Materials

Catalytic, tunable, one-step bismuth(III) triflate reaction with alcohols: dehydration vs dimerization

Kolsi, L. E., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J. & Moreira, V. M., 9 Aug 2018, In : ACS Omega. 3, 8, p. 8836–8842 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Doctoral scholarship (SFRH/BD/12508/2003)

Vania Moreira (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Post-doctoral fellowship (SFRH/BPD/45037/2008)

Vania Moreira (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Antineoplastic Agents

Activities 2006 2018

Bio-based hybrid antimicrobial surfaces

Vania Moreira (Speaker)
4 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Internal Examiner to doctoral thesis (Yahia Tabaza)

Vania Moreira (Examiner)
Mar 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination