Patricia Faisca PhD is an independent researcher with a remarkably broad scientific training, covering physics (PhD), biology (PhD) and mathematics (MsC). Patrícia did her PhD at the University of Warwick (U.K.) in 2003, and since 2013 she holds an assistant professorship position at the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where she previously was Principal Investigator (Investigador FCT) and Ciência 2007 Fellow. Patrícia is the group leader of the Physics of Biological Systems Group at BioISI - Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute. Patricia was a member of the Executive committee of the Division of Physics of Life Sciences of the European Physical Society (2009-2013) and from 2006-2011 she served as a member of the steering committee of the European Project SimBioMa.
Patricia Faisca research interests are develops along two complementary theme lines. One is focused on protein folding physics while the other explores the mechanisms of protein misfolding and aggregation in a disease-related context. Part of her work is based on structured-based models (i.e. simplified representations of the interaction potential, protein structure, or both) combined with Monte Carlo (MC) or Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation protocols.