Paula A. C. Gomes is an Associate Professor, with Habilitation in Chemistry, at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP), Portugal. She graduated in Chemistry at the same University, in 1993, where she also carried out her M.Sc. in Chemistry, under the guidance of Professors Maria Joaquina Amaral-Trigo and Maria Isabel Oliveira Santos, on the topic of dipeptide-based prodrugs of classical sulfonamide antibiotics. She then pursued her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona, Spain (1997–2000), on the topics of solid phase peptide synthesis and use of surface plasmon resonance sensors for the study of peptide antigens–antibody interactions, under the guidance of Professor David Andreu. She now leads “ORCHIDS”, a Bioorganic Chemistry-oriented research group, where her main research goals include (i) drug rescuing, repurposing and repositioning, mainly applied to antimalarial drugs, (ii) antimicrobial peptides, (iii) peptide-based drug delivery strategies, and (iv) peptide-grafted biomaterials. She is also the coordinator of “POP-UP”, the peptide synthesis facility set up at FCUP, and the first of its kind in Portugal.
At present, Paula Gomes is one of the Vice-Presidents of the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemistry Society (SPQ), the Secretary of the European Peptide Society (EPS), and the National Representative of Portugal at Division VII – Chemistry and Human Health, of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).