Sandra N. Pinto
Post-Doctoral Researcher Fellow

Research Activities
Sandra Pinto does research in Medicinal chemistry and Cell biophysics. Her current work is focused on:
- Development of new antimicrobial agents (peptides and peptidomimetics) against multi-drug resistance bacteria and bacterial biofilms.
- Identification of quindoline derivates and dendrimer-based compounds as anticancer drugs
- Nonlinear fluorescent molecular materials tailored for applications as dyes in bioimaging

Selected Publications
Santos CIM, Mariz IFA , Pinto SN , Gonçalves G , Bdikin I , Marques PAAP , Neves MGPMS, Martinho JMG , Maçôas EMS (2018) Selective two-photon absorption in carbon dots: a piece of the photoluminescence emission puzzle. Nanoscale. 10:12505-12514. doi: 10.1039/c8nr03365j.

Mariz IFA, Pinto S, Lavrado J, Paulo A, Martinho JMG, Maçôas EMS. (2017) Cryptolepine and quindoline: understanding their photophysics Phys Chem Chem Phys 19: 10255-10263. doi: 10.1039/C7CP00455A.

Mil-Homens D, Pinto SN, Matos RG, Arraiano C, Fialho AM. (2017)  Burkholderia cenocepacia K56-2 trimeric autotransporter adhesin BcaA targets TNFR1 and contributes for the induction of airway inflammation Cell Microbiol 19: e12677. DOI: 10.1111/cmi.12677.

Pinto SN, Laviad EL, Stiban J, Kelly SL, Merrill AH Jr, Prieto M, Futerman AH, Silva LC (2014) Changes in membrane biophysical properties induced by sphingomyelinase depend on the sphingolipid N-acyl chain. J Lipid Res 55: 53-61. DOI: 10.1194/jlr.M042002.

Pinto SN, Fernandes F, Fedorov A, Futerman AH, Silva LC, Prieto M (2013) A combined fluorescence spectroscopy, confocal and 2-photon microscopy approach to re-evaluate the properties of sphingolipid domains. Biochim Biophys Acta 1828: 2099-2110. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.

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