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Team 2017-03-29T16:15:59+00:00
Principal Investigator - Lino Ferreira

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Lino Ferreira

Lino Silva Ferreira holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology (2003) from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He did postdoctoral work at MIT (USA) in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer in the areas of human embryonic stem cells, micro- and nanotechnologies.

He joined the Center of Neurosciences and Cell Biology (CNC, University of Coimbra) in October 2007. He is the director of the Biomaterials and Stem Cell-Based Therapeutics research group and the CNC coordinator of the MIT-Portugal Program.

He is the founder of a biomaterials-based company called Matera (headquarters at Biocant). In 2012 he was awarded with a prestigious European Research Council starting grant and in 2016 with an ERA Chair grant.

Principal Investigator - Lino Ferreira

ASSISTANT INVESTIGATOR

Akhilesh Rai

Academic Degrees

2011-August 2013: Post-Doc at Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra (Portugal)

2010-2011: Post-Doc at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

2007-2010: Post-Doc at Nottingham Trent University (UK)

2007: PhD at University of Pune (India), “Size and shape controlled synthesis of metal nanoparticles and its nanocomposites”

Research interests:

Use of nanomaterials for biomedical applications

LAB MANAGER

Luís Estronca

Academic Degrees

July 2008/2014: PostDoc in Cell Biology in the Infection and Pathogens Group at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), Coimbra (Portugal)

2008: PhD in Chemistry, specialization Biological Chemistry at the University of Coimbra

2000: Biochemistry Degree at the University of Algarve, Faro (Portugal)

Research Interests:

Elucidation of the mechanisms involved in the uncontrolled uptake of oxLDL in Atherosclerosis.

Develop platforms to identify “hot spots” for LDL internalization into the intima and correct/reduce this problem.

POST-DOCTORATES

The Post-Doctorates in our team.

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Arnab Banerjee

Academic degrees:

2014: PhD in Chemistry – The University of Burdwan.

2008: M.Sc in Chemistry from ISM(IIT) Dhanbad

Research Interests:

Fluorescence, MRI, Regenerative Medicine, Exosome, Stroke, Myocardial Infraction.

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Henrique Almeida

Academic degrees:

2016: PhD in Bioengineering – Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

2007: BEng & MSc Degree in Material Science and Engineering – New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Research Interests:

Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Extracellular Matrix.

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Patrícia Pitrez

Academic degrees:

2011-2016: PhD Student (MIT-Portugal Program)

Research Interests:

Microtechnologies for cell maturation and three-dimensional organization (in collaboration with Jeffrey Karp (Harvard University))

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Alessandra Zonari

Academic degrees:

February 2014-February 2015: PostDoc on Tissue Engineering at 3Bs Research Group at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

PhD in Immunology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

MSc Degree in Biochemistry and Immunology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Research Interests:

High-throughput platforms to modulate cell survival and activity.

2017-03-23T20:24:03+00:00

Susana Simões

Academic degrees:

2013: PhD in Sciences and Health Technologies, specialization in Biotechnology at the University of Coimbra

2008: MSc Degree in Chemistry at the University of Coimbra

Research Interests:

Application of nanomaterials for biomedical applications.

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Vítor Francisco

Academic degrees:

2014: PhD in Physical Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

2008: MSc Degree in Chemistry at University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Research Interests:

Application of nanostructures in biological systems.

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Sónia Pinho

Academic degrees:

2013- now: Post-Doc at Biocant-Cantanhede (Portugal)

2011-2012: Assistant Researchers at INEB – Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Porto – Portugal) Professor -Assistant Guest at Porto University (ISEP) – Physics Department

2006-2011: PhD at University of Bordeaux 1, Institut de Chemie de la matière condensée de Bordeaux ICMCB-CNRS (France) PhD at University of Aveiro and the Centro de Investigação em Materiais Cerâmicos e Compositos CICECO (Portugal)

2004-2006: Msc degree in European Master in Material Science by the University of Aalborg (Denmark), University of Aveiro (Portugal) and Technological University of Hamburg -TUHH (Germany)

Research Interests:

Nanomaterials for biomedical applications

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Susana Rosa

Academic degrees:

2011: PhD in Health Sciences and Technologies (domain: Cell and Molecular Biology) (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

2004: Degree In Biology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into vascular cells.

GRADUATES

The Graduate Students in our team.

PHD STUDENTS

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Ricardo Abreu

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Academic degrees:

2016-present: PhD student (Doctoral Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine)

2014-2016: Msc in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Coimbra, University of Maastricht

2011-2014: Bsc in Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Research Interests:

Non-coding RNAs in cardiovascular research.

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Rita Sá Ferreira

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Academic degrees:

2015: MSc in Biomedical Research (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

2013: BSc. in Biochemistry ( University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into cardiac cells.

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Andreia Vilaça

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Academic degrees:

2015: MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal)

2013: BSc in Biomedical Sciences, minor in Molecular Biomedicine at the University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Research Interests:

Endogenous cardiac regeneration and strategies to manipulate it.

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Deolinda Santinha

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Academic degrees:

2016-Present: PhD Student (Inter-university Doctoral Programme in Ageing and Chronic Diseases)

2012: MSc. in Biomedical Research, University of Coimbra

2008: BSc. in Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health Technology of Coimbra

Research Interests:

Tissue engineering and biomedical applications.

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Catarina Rebelo

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Academic degrees:

2014- Present : PhD Student (MIT-Portugal PhD Program)

2012- MSc in Biochemistry (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

2010- BSc. in Biochemistry (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Nanomedicine to enhance heart regenerative potential.

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Helena Antunes

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Academic degrees:

2012-Present : PhD Student (University of Coimbra)

2010: MSc. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Stem cells and their derivatives for biomedical applications.

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Emanuel Quartin

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Academic degrees:

2012-Present: PhD Student (MIT-Portugal PhD Program)

2011: MSc. in Human Biology and Environment (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Nanomaterials for drug delivery systems.

MSC STUDENTS

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António Santinha

Academic degrees:

2015-Present: MSc student in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Coimbra

2012-2015: BSc student in Biochemistry, University of Coimbra

Research Interests:

Evaluation of the therapeutic potential of exosomes.

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Cátia Seabra

Academic degrees:

2015- Present: MSc student in Biomedical Research, University of Coimbra

2011-2014: BSc in Biochemistry, University of Coimbra

Research Interests:

miRNAs in cell survival – implications for cell-based therapies.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

The Research Assistants in our team.

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Vanessa Pinto

Academic degrees:

2014-2016: MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

2011-2014: BSc in Biology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Research interests:

Establishment of in vivo models of stroke.

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Malwina Kotowicz

Academic degrees:

2015: MSc in Biotechnology (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

2013: BSc in Biotechnology (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Research Interests:

Nanomaterials for drug delivery systems

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Luís Monteiro

Academic degrees:

2016: MSc in Bioengineering (University of Porto, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Tissue Engineering-based novel therapies and in vitro models for heart disease.

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Josephine Blersch

Academic degrees:

2012-Present: PhD Student (Experimental Biology and Biomedicine PhD Program, University of Coimbra, Marie Curie Fellowship)

2012: MSc. in Biology and Chemistry, University of Ulmin, Germany

Research Interests:

Nanomaterials for drug delivery systems

2017-03-23T20:02:35+00:00

Miguel Lino

Academic degrees:

2012-Present : PhD Student (BioSciences PhD Program, University of Coimbra)

Research Interests:

Development of nanomaterials for cell reprogramming

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Catarina Praça

Academic degrees:

2011-Present: PhD Student (BEB PhD Program, University of Coimbra)

2011: MSc. in Molecular and Cell Biology (University of Coimbra)

2009: BSc. in Biomedical Science (University of Aveiro)

Research Interests:

Differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into vascular cells

ALUMNI

  • David Braga Malta
  • Luis Nobre
  • Rita Santos
  • Dora Pedroso
  • Paula Lacerda
  • Isabel Carvalho
  • João Maia
  • Cristiana Paulo
  • Renata Gomes
  • David Botequim
  • Maria Nunes Pereira
  • Marta Lima
  • João Santos
  • Carlos Boto
  • José Paiva
  • Jorge Ruivo
  • Helena Vazão
  • Joana Correia
  • Renato Cardoso
  • Sezin Aday
  • Sara Pereira
  • Antonio Santinha
  • João Sargento-Freitas
  • Adrián Jiménez
  • Michela Comune
  • Tania Barata
  • Pedro Gouveia
  • Sandra Pinto