Margarida Archer graduated in Applied Chemistry (one ERASMUS semester at Tübingen University, Germany) from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia in 1992 and completed a PhD in Biochemistry from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1999. M. Archer published a total of 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals (plus 3 in preparation) and 7 book chapters, was invited for 22 oral communications in national and international meetings. In 2004, M. Archer established her own group on Membrane Protein Crystallography at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, in Oeiras, Portugal. She has since completed the supervision of 7 Post-Docs, 6 PhD, 2 MSc and 14 (under)graduate students. She has been PI in 7 FCT projects, participated in 3 european projects and team member in 16 national projects (leader of structural biology task. M. Archer organized 4 international meetings/workshops at ITQB, was in the local organization of 8 international conferences, and was in the scientific committee of one international conference.