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Nuno M. Xavier

Nuno M. Xavier

University of Lisbon


Nuno M. Xavier received a dual Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) from the University of Lisbon and from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon in 2011, where he focused on the synthesis of new monosaccharide derivatives as potential antimicrobial agents, under the supervision of Prof. Amélia Rauter and of Dr. Yves Queneau, respectively. He was afterwards a Postdoctoral Researcher in University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna, working in the Group of Prof. Paul Kosma for one year on the development of novel heptose derivatives of antibacterial interest. After another postdoctoral research period, carried out at the University of Lisbon, he became in 2014 Researcher at this Institution, being awarded an Investigator Staring Grant from the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology. His research interests include the development, by efficient synthetic methodologies, of innovative bioactive carbohydrate derivatives, nucleosides, nucleotides and analogs of interest in medicinal chemistry. He has published ca. 30 publications and has regularly presented his research findings in several international meetings, including the most relevant ones in Glycosciences. He has received various Young Scientist Awards and acts as Member of the IUPAC Task Group on Carbohydrate Nomenclature.

Research Interest

His research interests include the synthesis of novel carbohydrate-containing molecules of therapeutic interest. He has been particularly centered in the planning and synthesis of novel nucleos(t)ide analogs as potential anticancer agents targeting nucleotide-dependent biological pathways.