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Personal Statement


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), 2018

**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 (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


M.Sc. students

M.Sc. Chloe Dalzell (graduated 2019)

M.Sc. Virginia Durbalo (graduated 2019)

M.Sc. Seda Ozaydin (graduated 2019)

M.Sc. Keziah Brown (graduated 2019)

M.Sc. Ruaraidh MacGregor (graduated 2018)

M.Sc. Graeme Lester (graduated 2018)

M.Sc. Declan Mullen (graduated 2018)

M.Sc. Henni-Karoliina Ropponen (graduated 2018)

M.Sc. Peter Grutschreiber (graduated 2017)

M.Sc. Tiina Mäenpää (graduated 2017)

M.Sc. Eunice Cavalheiro (graduated 2017)

M.Sc. Sara Krogerus (graduated 2016)

M.Sc. Ghada Hassan (graduated 2016)

M.Sc. Augustin Long (graduated 2014)

M.Sc. Anna-Kaarina Palomäki (graduated 2013)


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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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

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., 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
Cellulose films
Biocompatible Materials

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

Ion Channels


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 2019

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