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Marcio Vinicius Dias

Associate Professor in Biomolecular Structure

marcio dot dias at warwick dot ac dot uk

02476 5 72977

Office C5.19

My office hours are 9:00 to 17:00


  • Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, UK, 2007-2011
  • FAPESP Young Research Fellow, CNPEM, Campinas, Brazil, 2011-2014
  • Assistant Professor, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-2019
  • Assistant Professor, University of Warwick, UK, 2019-

I am working on the following projects at the moment:

  • Application of fragment-based drug discovery to selected targets from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including dihydrofolate reductase and enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of the cell wall and cell division;
  • Structural basis of resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis do clinically used antimicrobials, such as isoniazid en pyrazinamide
  • Structural investigation of key enzymes from the biosynthesis of aminoglycosides, particularly gentamicins.
  • Structural investigation of cyclases such as epoxide hydrolases, epoxidases and Diels-Alderases in the biosynthesis of polyether ionophores

I am currently interested in structural biology applied to natural product biosynthesis and in strategies of drug development, particularly fragment-based drug discovery against tuberculosis.

I am supervising the following PhD students:

  • Tim Kirman on the application of fragment-based drug discovery to the Dihydrofolate reductase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

At the moment I am accepting further applications,

1. MENDES, VÍTOR ; ACEBRÓN-GARCÍA-DE-EULATE, MARTA ; VERMA, NUPUR ; BLASZCZYK, MICHAL ; DIAS, MÁRCIO V. B. ; Blundell, Tom L. Mycobacterial OtsA Structures Unveil Substrate Preference Mechanism and Allosteric Regulation by 2-Oxoglutarate and 2-Phosphoglycerate. mBio, v. 10, p. 1, 2019.

2. LITTLE, RORY ; PAIVA, FERNANDA C. R. ; JENKINS, ROBERT ; HONG, HUI ; SUN, YUHUI ; DEMYDCHUK, YULIYA ; SAMBORSKYY, MARKIYAN ; TOSIN, MANUELA ; LEEPER, FINIAN J. ; DIAS, MARCIO V. B. ; LEADLAY, PETER F. . Unexpected enzyme-catalysed [4+2] cycloaddition and rearrangement in polyether antibiotic biosynthesis. Nature Catalysis, 21045–1054, 2019.

3. CHAN, DANIEL SHIU-HIN ; HESS, JEANNINE ; SHAW, ELEN ; SPRY, CHRISTINA ; STARLEY, ROBERT ; DAGOSTIN, CLAUDIO ; DIAS, MARCIO VB ; KALE, RAMESH ; MENDES, VITOR ; BLUNDELL, TOM L ; COYNE, ANTHONY G ; Abell, Chris . Structural Insights into Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Synthetase by Native Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry. BIOCHEMICAL JOURNAL, v. 476(21):3125-3139, 2019

4. RIBEIRO, JOÃO AUGUSTO ; CHAVEZ-PACHECO, SAIR MAXIMO ; DE OLIVEIRA, GABRIEL STEPHANI ; SILVA, CATHARINA DOS SANTOS ; GIUDICE, JOÃO HENRIQUE PIMENTA ; LIBREROS-ZÚÑIGA, GERARDO ANDRES ; Dias, Marcio Vinicius Bertacine . Crystal structures of the closed form of dihydrofolate reductase in complex with dihydrofolate and antifolates. Acta Crystallographica Section D-Structural Biology, v. 75, p. 682-693, 2019.

5. De Araújo, N.C.: Bury, P.S.; Tavares, M.T.; Huang, F.; Parise-Filho, R.; Leadlay, P.; Dias, M.V.B. (2019). Crystal Structure of GenD2, an NAD-Dependent Oxidoreductase Involved in the Biosynthesis of Gentamicin. ACS Chemical Biology, 14(5):925-933.

6. De Oliveria, G.S.; Adriani, P.P.; Ribeiro, J.A., Morisseau, C.; Hammock, B.D., Dias, M.V.B. Chambergo, F.S. (2019). The molecular structure of an epoxide hydrolase from Trichoderma reesei in complex with urea or amide-based inhibitors. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 129:653-658.

7. Libreros-Zúñiga, G.A.; Silva, C.S.; Ferreira, R.S.; Dias, M.V.B. (2018). Structural basis for the interaction and processing of Beta-lactam antibiotics by L,D-transpeptidase 3 (LdtMt3) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ACS Infectious Diseases, ahed of print.

8. Dias, M.V.B.; Santos, J.C.; Libreros-Zúñiga, G.A.; Ribeiro, J.A.; Chavez-Pacheco,S.M. (2018). Folate biosynthesis pathway: mechanisms and insights into drug design for infectious diseases. Future Medicinal Chemistry, v. 10, p. 935-959.

9.  Bury, P.S.; Huang, F.; Li, S.; Sun, Y.; Leadlay, P.F.; Dias, M.V.B. (2017). Structural basis of the selectivity of GenN, an Aminoglycoside N-methyltransferase involved in gentamicin biosynthesis. ACS Chemical Biology. v. 12(11), p. 2779-2787.

10.  Wilson, C.; de Oliveria, G.S.; Adriani, P.P.; Chambergo, F.S. Dias, M.V.B. (2017). Structure of a soluble epoxide hydrolase identified in Trichoderma reesei. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Proteins and proteomics. v.1865, p. 1039-1045.