Faculdade

Departamento

José Ricardo Ramos Franco Tavares

Assistant Professor with Aggregation
Secção de Bioquímica e Biofísica
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Research Interests

BIONANOTECHNOLOGY - Bio/non-Bio Interaction
* Interactions between gold nanoparticles and biomolecules (antibodies, proteins and nucleic acids)
* Applications in biosensing and biomedical diagnostics

RESONANCE RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
* Proteins (ferrochelatase, heme proteins)
* Porphyrin-based nanostructures 

Main Publications

PATHOGEN MIMETIC STEALTH NANOCARRIERS FOR DRUG DELIVERY: A FUTURE POSSIBILITY
Miguel Cavadas, África González-Fernández, Ricardo Franco
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (2011), Published on-line May, 25, 2011

BIONANOCONJUGATES OF TYROSINASE AND PEPTIDE-DERIVATISED GOLD NANOPARTICLES FOR BIOSENSING OF PHENOLIC COMPOUNDS
J. Cortez, E. Vorobieva, D. Gralheira, I. Osório, L. Soares, N. Vale, E. Pereira, P. Gomes, R. Franco
J. Nanopart. Res. (2011), 13(2), 1101–1113

MOLECULAR ORGANIZATION IN SELF-ASSEMBLED BINARY PORPHYRIN NANOTUBES REVEALED BY RESONANCE RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
Ricardo Franco, John L. Jacobsen, Haorong Wang, Zhongchun Wang, Krisztina István, Neil E. Schore, Yujiang Song, Craig J. Medforth, John A Shelnutt;
PhysChemChemPhys (2010), 12, 4072–4077

GOLD NANOPARTICLES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS METHODS; P. Baptista, E. Pereira, P. Eaton, G. Doria, A. Miranda, I. Gomes, P. Quaresma, R. Franco
Anal. Bioanal. Chem (2008), 391, 943–950.

PROBING SURFACE PROPERTIES OF CYTOCHROME c AT Au BIONANOCONJUGATES; I. Gomes, N. C. Santos, L. M. A. Oliveira, A. Quintas, P. Eaton, E. Pereira, R. Franco
J. Phys. Chem. C (2008), 112, 16340–16347.

GOLD NANOPARTICLE PROBE-BASED ASSAY FOR RAPID AND DIRECT DETECTION OF Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA IN CLINICAL SAMPLES
Pedro V. Baptista, Maria Koziol-Montewka, Jolanta Paluch-Oles, Gonçalo Doria, Ricardo Franco
Clin. Chem. (2006), 52 (7), 1433-1434.

CHELATASES: DISTORT TO SELECT?
Salam Al-Karadaghi, Ricardo Franco, Mats Hansson, John A. Shelnutt, Grazia Isaya, Gloria C. Ferreira
Trends in Biochemical Sciences (2006), 31 (3), 135-142.