Ana Gil

Ana Gil
University of Aveiro, PT

Ana Maria P. C. Gil 
(born 1965) obtained her doctorate degree in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, UK, in 1992. She has since been employed at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where she is Associate Professor (since 1998) with “Habilitation” (since 2007). She is a member of the Associate Laboratory CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, at that University, where she coordinates Research Line 3: Sustainability and Health, within which she created and coordinates an interdisciplinary metabolomics research team. Ana Gil’s expertise ranges from solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and rheological-NMR to investigate biopolymer structure/function relationships, to more recent interests in metabolomics focusing on i) disease research (including cancer research), ii) drugs and biomaterials testing/development (with a recent particular interest in stem cell metabolism) and iii) environmental (or exposome) impacts on human metabolism. Regarding cancer research, her group has used NMR metabolomics to unveil metabolic biomarkers of cancer (lung, renal, breast) in biofluids and in tissue (both human and of animal models). Present work focuses on 1) the study of a medroxyprogesterone (MPA) mouse model to characterise metabolic intratumoral heterogeneity and identify deviant metabolic characteristics indicative of tumor evolution and resistance to treatment and 2)in vitroandin vivotesting of new potential anti-cancer drugs, specifically metal complexes (Pt- or Pd-containing), through cell and tissue metabolomics, to identify biomarkers of drug performance. She has published 121 SCI papers, 3 books co-edited, 24 book chapters, 29 proceedings and other papers, and presented more than 200 conference communications, including 48 invited lectures (32 abroad). Metrics WoK ( h-index=35, 3,192 citations without self-citations. 

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