Rita Melo


Target-specific delivery of radioactivity and/or drugs to cancer cells by virus-like particles: an integrated approach.


Machine-learning; drug design and discovery; Computational chemistry; structural biology; bioinformatics; molecular modelling; molecular docking; structure prediction; virtual-screening; homology modeling; molecular dynamic simulations; binding free energy calculations; MM-PBSA; TI; protein-protein interactions; protein-ligand interactions; cancer; HIV- based virus-like particles; theranostic.



2012: PhD in Chemistry, Lisbon University, Portugal.

2005: MSc in Environmental Management, Azores University, Portugal.

2002: Grad. Diploma in Chemical Engineer, Nova Lisbon University Portugal.



2014-present: Postdoctoral Researcher at Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal and at Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

2013: Postdoctoral Researcher at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier, New University of Lisbon, Oeiras, Portugal.



2014-present: FCT Individual Post-Doc Fellowship – To support the Post-Doc in Medicinal Chemistry at Lisbon University and Coimbra University.

2013: Project grant PTDC/QUIBIQ/113446/2009 – To support the Post-Doc in Molecular Modelling at New University of Lisbon.

2008-2012: FCT Individual PhD Fellowship – To support the PhD in Chemistry at Lisbon University.

2011: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fellowship POR/11002 – To support part of the PhD project developed at University of California, Irvine, California, USA.

2008:  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fellowship POR/07005 – To support part of the PhD project developed at Institute of Isotopes, Radiation Chemistry Department, Budapest, Hungary.

2005: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fellowship POR/05003 – To support part of the MSc work developed at Institute of Energetic and Nuclear Energy, Radiation Technologies Department, São Paulo, Brazil.



Graduate programs

2012-2013:  Supervisor of 3 Erasmus+ training from Alexandru Ioan Cuza Univeristy (Romania) and Warsaw University (Poland).

Master programs

2011-2012: Supervisor of 3 MSc thesis under chemical engineer master program, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.


2015-2016: Tutor at the annual Summer School in Computational Biology, Coimbra, Portugal.



2017: Scientific Committee of MOL2NET, International Conference of Multidisciplinary Sciences.

2017: Organizing committee of EJIBCE – “Encounter of Young investigators in Computational and Structural Biology”, Portugal.

2013: Organizing committee of “Microbiological Aspects of Sterilization Validation Process” training course under International Atomic Energy Agency TC Project RER/1/011, Lisbon, Portugal.

2012: Organization committee of XVI Journées d´Études de la Chimie sous Rayonnement – JECR 2012, Sines, Portugal.