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Personal profile

Personal Statement


ORCID: 0000-0001-6169-5035



** University Lecturer

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


**Adjunct Professor (Dos.)

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



**Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA), 2018

**Title of “Dosentti” (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 (graduated 2019); Synthesis of Abietane-Type Diterpenoids with Anticancer Activity

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

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


Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

University of Helsinki, Finland

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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Research Output

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., Johansson, L-S., Sipari, N., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Zimmernann, R., Stehl, S., Werner, C., Saris, P. E. J., Osterberg, M. & Moreira, V. M., 4 Mar 2019, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 7, 5, p. 5002-5009 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Pyrazine-fused triterpenoids block the TRPA1 ion channel in vitro and inhibit TRPA1-mediated acute inflammation in vivo

    Mäki-Opas, I., Hämäläinen, M., Moilainen, L. J., Haavikko, R., Ahonen, T. J., Alakurtti, S., Moreira, V. M., Muraki, K., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J. & Moilainen, E., 19 Jun 2019, In : ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 10, 6, p. 2848-2857 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    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

  • Activities

    Resin-acids driven innovations in antimicrobial research

    Vania Moreira (Speaker)
    21 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    University of Eastern Finland (External organisation)

    Vania Moreira (Advisor)
    Jun 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee