Ana Rita Araújo academic journey started in 2006 at the Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP), with graduation and a Master degree in Chemical Engineering, which she finished by 2011 with a final grade of 15/20. During her masters, she participated in the Erasmus Program, where she had the opportunity to study at the Kaho Sint-Lieven University, Gent. She arrived at the 3Bs Research Group in 2011, to work as a researcher in a project based on an industrial-academic partnership to valorise cork-based by-products (“WaterCork” – ADI – ERDF funding), followed by a series of projects (co)funded by the EC (e.g. FP7, H2020). Additionally, she participated in the functionalization of 2D surfaces using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for biosensing applications, under the scope of the project Find & Bind financed under the 7th Framework Program of the EC. In 2015 she started her PhD studies (at UM) and in 2017 she was awarded with a PhD scholarship in the Doctoral Programme in Advanced Therapies for Health (PATH) and an IACOBUS Predoctoral research grant at the CIQUS Lab (Santiago de Compostela), Spain. She dedicated her PhD work to the development of natural-based compounds and their exploitation as anti-bacterial, anti-UV, as well as anti-amyloidogenic agents able to reduce the toxicity of amyloid-beta (Alzheimer disease hallmark). She is (co-)authored 9 peer-reviewed papers in high impact scientific journals (all in Q1; average IF of apx. 5), 1 book chapter, 2 published conference abstract, 9 oral communications and 9 poster presentations, and also a reviewer of high impact journals. She was awarded with the Young Biophysicist 2021 prize from the Portuguese Society of Biophysics (SPBf). From 2016 to 2018 she was a board member of the Portuguese Young Chemists group (GQJ) from the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ), as well as a Portuguese Delegate member in the 13th Delegates Assembly of the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) from the Young Chemists of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS). She also contributes to the organization of the 1st European Young Chemists Meeting (EYCheM), held together with the 5th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting (2016) that has held in Guimarães, Portugal. More recently, she was a founding member of the PhDynamics Group from 3B’s Research Group (2018). She was also involved in the execution of the project “Chem2Nature” and “NORTHERN DISCOVERIES CTR” financed by the EC and Norte2020 regional programme, respectively. Finally, for several years that she is responsible for the Chemistry Laboratory at the 3B’s lab (UM), as well as for the maintenance and training actions of several types of equipment. At the moment, she is a Post-doc researcher at the 3B’s Research Group (UM).

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Ana Rita Araujo

Nomes de citação

  • Araujo A. R.

Identificadores de autor

Ciência ID

Endereços de correio eletrónico

  • anarita.araujo@i3bs.uminho.pt (Profissional)


  • 253510900 Ext.: 912 (Profissional)
  • 253478522 Ext.: 912 (Profissional)


  • 3B's Research Group, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho. AvePark, Zona Industrial da Gandra S. Claudio do Barco, 4806-909 , Guimarães, Guimarães, Portugal (Profissional)


  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ana-rita-ara%C3%BAjo/3a/618/328 (Profissional)

Domínios de atuação

  • Ciências da Engenharia e Tecnologias - Nanotecnologia - Nanomateriais
  • Ciências Médicas e da Saúde - Biotecnologia Médica - Biomateriais
  • Ciências Médicas e da Saúde - Medicina Básica - Neurociências
  • Ciências Naturais - Ciências Biológicas - Bioquímica


Idioma Conversação Leitura Escrita Compreensão Peer-review
Inglês Utilizador proficiente (C1) Utilizador proficiente (C1) Utilizador proficiente (C1) Utilizador proficiente (C1) Utilizador independente (B1)
Espanhol; Castelhano Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador independente (B1)
Português (Idioma materno)
Grau Classificação
2014/07/01 - 2020/07/28
Engenharia de Tecidos, Medicina Regenerativa e Células Estaminais (Doutoramento)
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
"Novel cork-based compounds for biomedical applications: from antibacterials to the modulation of neurodegeneration" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
Very Good
Engenharia Química (Licenciatura)
Instituto Politécnico do Porto Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
"Projecto de uma unidade de tratamento de um efluente têxtil com descarga no Rio Ave" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
Engenharia Química (Mestrado)
Instituto Politécnico do Porto Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
"Remoção de Microalgas por Electrocoagulação/Floculação usando o Sistema Monopolar e o Bipolar" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
Percurso profissional


2011/10/03 - 2016/09/30 Investigador (Investigação)
Biomaterials Biodegradables and Biomimetics, Portugal
2010/01/04 - 2010/09/01 Investigador (Investigação)
Instituto Politécnico do Porto Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal


2017/01/09 - 2018/06/20 Aluno Doutoramento (integrado no plano de estudos do programa PATH do Grupo de Investigação 3B's da Universidade do Minho).
Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biológica y Materiales Moleculares, Espanha
2011/01/11 - 2011/06/26 Aluna de Mestrado
Odisee vzw - Technologiecampus Gent, Bélgica


Designação Financiadores
2012 - Atual Polaris: Unlocking the research potential of 3Bs Group, University of Minho, in Nanomedicine field to strengthen its competitive position at the European level
Biomaterials Biodegradables and Biomimetics, Portugal
European Commission
2012 - Atual Find and Bind: Mastering sweet cell-instructive biosystems by copycat nano-interaction of cells with natural surfaces for biotechnological applications
Biomaterials Biodegradables and Biomimetics, Portugal
European Commission


Artigo em revista
  1. Araújo, Ana R.; Castro, Vânia I. B.; Reis, Rui L.; Pires, Ricardo A.. "Glucosamine and Its Analogues as Modulators of Amyloid-ß Toxicity". ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmedchemlett.0c00350.
  2. Araújo, Ana R.; Araújo, Ana C.; Reis, Rui L.; Pires, Ricardo A.. "Vescalagin and Castalagin Present Bactericidal Activity toward Methicillin-Resistant Bacteria". ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c01698.
  3. Araújo, Ana R; Camero, Sergio; Taboada, Pablo; Reis, Rui L.; Pires, Ricardo A. "Vescalagin and castalagin reduce the toxicity of amyloid-beta42 oligomers through the remodelling of its secondary structure". Chemical Communications (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0cc00192a.
  4. Borges, João; Araújo, Ana Rita; Custódio, Catarina; Amorim, Sara; Moro, Artur J.; Mendes, Leonardo. "The Next Generation of Portuguese Chemists". ChemViews (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chemv.201800032.
  5. Aroso, Ivo M.; Araújo, Ana R.; Pires, Ricardo A.; Reis, Rui L.. "Cork: Current Technological Developments and Future Perspectives for this Natural, Renewable, and Sustainable Material". ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5 12 (2017): 11130-11146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b00751.
  6. Aroso, Ivo M.; Araújo, Ana R.; Fernandes, João P.; Santos, Tânia; Batista, Maria T.; Pires, Ricardo A.; Mano, João F.; Reis, Rui L.. "Hydroalcoholic extracts from the bark of Quercus suber L. (Cork): optimization of extraction conditions, chemical composition and antioxidant potential". Wood Science and Technology 51 4 (2017): 855-872. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00226-017-0904-y.
  7. Araujo, Ana. "Cork extracts reduce UV-mediated DNA fragmentation and cell death". RSC Advances (2015):
  8. Araujo, Ana. "Adhesion of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells to glycosaminoglycan surfaces with different protein patterns". ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2015):
Artigo em revista (magazine)
  1. Araujo, Ana. "Surfaces Mimicking Glycosaminoglycans Trigger Different Response of Stem Cells via Distinct Fibronectin Adsorption and Reorganization", 2016, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b04472.
Capítulo de livro
  1. Araújo, Ana R.; Reis, Rui L.; Pires, Ricardo A.. "Natural Polyphenols as Modulators of the Fibrillization of Islet Amyloid Polypeptide". In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 159-176. Springer Singapore, 2019.
    Publicado • 10.1007/978-981-15-3262-7_11
Poster em conferência
  1. Araujo, Ana. "Adhesion of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells to patterned protein-glycosaminoglycan surfaces". 2013.
    10.1002/term.1822, 2013.

Membro de comissão

Descrição da atividade
Tipo de participação
Instituição / Organização
2016 - 2018 European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) | Young Chemists of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) | Member of the Portuguese Executive Board
2016 - 2018 Portuguese Young Chemists group (GQJ) Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) | board member
Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, Portugal


2021 Prémio Jovem Biofísico SPBf 2021
Sociedade Portuguesa de Biofísica (SPBf), Portugal
2021 IACOBUS Scientific Publications Award as author of the paper: Vescalagin and castalagin rescue cell viability through the inhibition of amyloid-beta fibrillization
IACOBUS Program , Espanha
2017 PhD scholarship in the Doctoral Programme in Advanced Therapies for Health (PATH)
Programa Operacional Regional do Norte” (Norte 2020), Portugal
2017 Predoctoral grant from the IACOBUS Program, at the Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CIQUS), University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Programa IACOBUS, Espanha