ISCSEM Staff

Professor Isabel Margarida Costa
Isabel Margarida Costa holds a PharmD in Pharmacy (cum laude; 1997 – Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Portugal) and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, specialty of Pharmacology (summa cum laude; 2002-Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Portugal).

She is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz – ISCSEM (Egas Moniz, Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, CRL). Isabel’s specialist area of teaching is Pharmacology. Professor Costa is a member of scientific commissions at ISCSEM.

She has received 3 awards, including an “Award for Teaching Excellence”, attributed by the students of Pharmaceutical Sciences of ISCSEM in 2003. Published 6 articles in periodicals with scientific refereeing and 14 papers in proceedings of events. Participated as co-author on 4 papers presented in oral communication in scientific congresses and 18 posters.

Projects at ISCSEM have included research in determination of metallic elements in conventional medications, herbal supplements and herbal medicines. Isabel Costa has been involved in the supervising of 16 MSc dissertations, and currently she is directing 1 PhDs.

Professor Luisa Maria Lima Gonçalves
2010-Present Investigator of Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar Egas Moniz (CiiEM), Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal
2000-Present Associate Professor, Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal
2009-Present Analysis of metal impurities in drug products, herbal medicines and food supplements by WDXRF, at ISCSEM – Monte Caparica (Portugal)
2004-Present DNA Damage and Repair in Toxicology and Disease at Faculty of Pharmacy, at University of Toronto, Canada and at ISCSEM – Monte Caparica (Portugal)
2001-2003 Lacto- and Myeloperoxidase-mediated activation of aromatic amines, at FCT – New University of Lisbon- Bioinorganic and Protein Engineering Group (CQFB)- Monte Caparica (Portugal)
2000-2003 Protein and peptide sequencing, at FCT, New University of Lisbon – Bioinorganic and Protein Engineering Group (CQFB) – Monte Caparica (Portugal)

Research Interests:
Metals toxicity, biomarkers of environmental exposure and analysis of metal impurities in drug products, herbal medicines and food supplements by WDXRF. DNA damage and oxidative stress; Identification and quantification of DNA lesions produced by oxidative damage.

Professor Álvaro Augusto Teixeira Lopes
Associate Professor and coordinator of the following disciplines:
Toxicology (Pharmacy Masters Course – Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz-ISCSEM)
Drugs of Abuse I and II (Forensic Science Course – ISCSEM)
Drugs of Abuse Module (Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science – ISCSEM/Cordoba Univ./Lincoln Univ.)
Pharmacology and Therapeutics I and II (Faculty of Veterinary – Univ. Lusófona Humanidade e Tecnologias)
Drugs of Abuse and Addiction (Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Lisbon)
Invited Visiting Professorships:
Toxicology – Pharmacy – Instituto Superior de Ciências e Tecnologia de Moçambique, Maputo [2002-2008]
Mastertox – Curso Internacional de postgrado a distancia – Experto en Toxicologia – Univ. Sevilla [2002- ..]
Research Interests:
Drugs of Abuse
Wastewater sewage epidemiology
Behaviour Toxicology
Neurotoxicology

Professor Nuno Taveira
Consultant to Abbott Molecular in the field of molecular diagnostic testing of infectious diseases (Nov 2013- Dec 2014).
Since 1997, co-ordinator of the Integrated Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal.
Since 1996, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Monte de Caparica, Portugal (www.egasmoniz.edu.pt .
Research Associate at Unidade dos Retrovírus e Infecções Associadas, Centro de Patogénese Molecular, Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon, Portugal.
Director of three ongoing HIV research projects at the Unidade dos Retrovírus e Infecções Associadas, Centro de Patogénese Molecular, Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon, leading a team of more or less 10 researchers (including 3 post docs). All projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (FCT).

Research Interests:
Molecular epidemiology
Drug resistance and evolution of HIV
HIV-2 infection (diagnosis, pathogenesis, natural history, neutralizing antibody response)
Design and pre-clinical evaluation HIV vaccines and microbicides
Design and pre-clinical evaluation of antiviral drugs