Raquel Sofia Cordeiro
Junior Research Group on Microbial Biotechnology
Ruhr University Bochum
My name is Raquel Sofia Cordeiro (or Rachel) and I got my M.Sc in Biochemistry and my B.Sc in Applied Chemistry – Biotechnology at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Once that I deep my knowledge in biochemistry, this program is a big challenge for me; the focus of my PhD is the enzymatic synthesis of enantiopure aminoalcohols - from mechanistic studies to synthetic applications. I’ll search for broadening of the substrate scope of the enzymes by protein engineering and its application in organic synthesis. Here, I’ll be able to combine two different fields, structural biology and organic chemistry, which together can be very valuable for the pharmaceutical industry. I’m very motivated with this project (I’ll have the opportunity to be in three different labs) and I hope that in the (near) future I’ll can cross and apply on industry all of my background/knowledge that I’ll developed.