Angelina Palma obtained a degree in Biochemistry at University of Algarve, Portugal, and then undertook a PhD in Biochemistry at NOVA University of Lisbon.
Angelina joined the Glycosciences Laboratory first as a visiting scholar (2004-2005) during her PhD, and thereafter as a post-doctoral fellow (2007-2009), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). While in the Glycosciences Laboratory, Angelina was instrumental in the setting-up of the glycan-microarray system and in its application to glycan-ligand discovery for recognition systems of biological and biomedical impact.
Since 2009 Angelina is an Honorary Research Associate in the Glycosciences Laboratory. In 2013 Angelina was awarded a five-year Starting Grant under the highly competitive FCT Investigator international call and is now a Research Assistant Professor based in the Faculty of Science and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Angelina now works on endogenous and microbial carbohydrate recognition systems and carbohydrate-mediated microbe-host interactions, following an integrative approach combining designer glycan-microarray approaches with complementary methodologies such as X-Ray crystallography.