Leticia Alves da Silva
Medical University of Vienna, Austria
"I pursued Bachelor and Master in Chemistry at the Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil), where I started my scientific career. During my graduation, I became part of the Research Center on Natural Products, where I worked on metabolic compounds isolation from medicinal herbs using chromatography and spectroscopic techniques. From this work I wrote my monograph, and I started to be interested in studies of diseases treatment. Following my interests, I developed my research in the Laboratory of Crystallography and Computational Chemistry, investigating antigen-antibody complexes of proteins involved in Zika and Dengue diseases using molecular docking and semiempirical methods. Currently, my research interest is in membrane transporters, in particular, human dopamine transporter (hDAT). During my Ph.D., I aim to develop a comprehensive model of the transporter function of hDAT using advanced simulation techniques, such as metadynamics, calculation of the potential of mean force, and enforced rotation."