Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, 3004-535 Coimbra, Portugal

Talk Title: Electrochemical sensing of health-relevant biological interactions

Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1973, the PhD, in Electrochemistry, University of London (Imperial College), in 1980, and the DSc, from the University of Coimbra, in 2002.

The research is centred on fundamental aspects in the areas of bioelectrochemistry, the study of electron transfer reactions of compounds of biological interest, and bioelectroanalysis. The development and applications of electrochemical DNA biosensors is enabling the electrochemical detection of the mechanisms of DNA-drug interactions, and evaluation of oxidative damage caused to DNA by health hazardous compounds. Electrochemical studies in qualitative and quantitative analysis of proteins, and peptides related with Alzheimer’s Disease, are providing different approaches to bioelectroanalytical sensing of biomolecules.

Research activity is documented by more than 250 papers published, co-author of 3 undergraduate/graduate textbooks, 20 chapters in multi-author books, and attending and presenting research work in research conferences.

She is a member of several Scientific Societies, IUPAC Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Chartered Chemist (CChem) (UK). She was the President of the International Bioelectrochemical Society (BES) for the period 2007-2015.