What we do
NOVA University of Lisbon

ITQB NOVA and FCT are two Organic Units of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa which carry out scientific research and teaching in chemistry, life sciences, and technologies, and have some of the leading research centres in Portugal.




What we do

NOVA University Lisbon was founded in 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s state Universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities. Research at NOVA has been growing and developing, both at quantitative and qualitative levels. NOVA hosts 40 Research and Development Units (R&D Units), 75% of which were considered “Exceptional”, “Excellent” or “Very Good” in an International evaluation promoted by the Portuguese Science Foundation, way above national standards.

Two research groups from different Organic Units at NOVA participate in SHIKIFACTORY100, one from Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB/NOVA) and the other from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT/NOVA).

ITQB/NOVA mission is to carry out scientific research and postgraduate teaching in chemistry, life sciences, and associated technologies, while serving the community and promoting science and technology. ITQB NOVA is one of the leading research centres for the chemical and life sciences in Portugal, and a major national and international resource for basic and applied research. Researchers benefit from first-rate equipment, research facilities, and support services to carry out competitive research projects (3.0M€ competitive funding secured in 2016). Currently with 63 independent labs, ITQB NOVA had, in 2016: 247 papers in Web of Science journals and 13259 citations. Currently, ITQB NOVA has 21 internationally funded projects running including ERC grants and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, among others. Within ITQB/NOVA, the research centre working in SHIKIFACTORY100 is The Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology Unit (MOSTMICRO). This centre studies biological processes and systems at the molecular scale to understand and manipulate microorganisms of all three life domains. Research groups in SHIKIFACTORY100 focus on protein modelling, protein and metabolic engineering, having been involved in several theoretical and applied projects.

Founded in 1977, FCT/NOVA is one of the most prestigious Portuguese public schools of science and engineering today, with a total enrolment of ca. 8000 students (Degree, MSc and PhD). Between 2010 and 2013, FCT NOVA published more than 2525 papers indexed in ISI Web of Science. The Chemoinformatics group at FCT/NOVA is integrated in the Laboratório Associado para a Química Verde, the Portuguese Research Centre for Sustainable Chemistry, and develops new methodologies for the automatic processing of chemical data, namely machine learning prediction of NMR spectra, dissociation energies, atomic charges and orbital energies from the molecular structure, data mining of chemical and biochemical databases, genome-scale classification of metabolic reactions, QSAR/QSPR modelling, and the exploration and edition of molecular structures by blind users. The research group has published >50 articles in top international journals of chemistry, and has produced available software, namely the SPINUS program for the prediction of NMR spectra, the NavMol package for the processing of chemical structures by blind users, and web services for the fast estimation of DFT calculated molecular properties.

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