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IST-iBB Awards Sixteen PhD Degrees in Bioengineering and Biosciences in 2018

IST-iBB Awards Sixteen PhD Degrees in Bioengineering and Biosciences in 2018 | iBB | Scoop.it

Sixteen students successfully defended their PhD thesis (Bioengineering or Biotechnology and Biosciences) under the supervision of iBB Faculty and research scientists during the year 2018. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

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Daniel Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Daniel Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Daniel Filipe Camarneiro Silva will be defending his PhD thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 12th December 2018 (10:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Raquel Aires Barros from BERG-iBB and Virginia Chu from INESC-MN, Daniel focused on the development of aqueous two phase separation of monoclonal antibodies in microfluidic devices. The title of his thesis is "Microfluidic separation using aqueous two phase systems”.

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Raquel Cunha Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal)

Raquel Cunha Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) | iBB | Scoop.it

Raquel Medina dos Santos Cunha will be defending her PhD thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) at Instituto Superior Técnico, tuesday the 20th November 2018 (10:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Cláudia Lobato Silva from SCERG-iBB, Jeffrey Karp from Harvard Medical School and António Fiarresga from Hospital de Santa Marta, Raquel worked on the development of platforms for the production and characterisation of clinical grade stem cell-based therapies with enhanced regenerative potential. The title of her thesis is "Towards the development of potency assays and 3D inflammation models to evaluate the regenerative potential of Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell (MSC) and MSC-derived products”.

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Diogo Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal)

Diogo Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) | iBB | Scoop.it

Diogo Pinto will be defending his PhD thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) at Instituto Superior Técnico, thursday the 15th November 2018 (10:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Cláudia Lobato Silva from SCERG-iBB and António Fiarresga from Hospital de Santa Marta, Diogo worked on the development of a mesenchymal stem/stromal cells product derived from the umbilical cord matrix with enhanced therapeutic features for myocardial regeneration. The title of his thesis is "Towards the Development of a Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell Product with Enhanced Therapeutic Features for Myocardial Infarction”.

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Diogo Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine)

Diogo Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine) | iBB | Scoop.it

Diogo Silva will be defending his PhD thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine) at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 17th October 2018 (9:00 H, room 4.41). During the last years, and under the supervision of Joaquim Cabral from SCERG-iBB and Manuel Abecasis from IPO, Diogo developed new Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs) for various types of hematologic cancers and optimized existing CARs that are already in the clinic. The title of his thesis is "Engineering of T-Cells with Chimeric Antigen Receptors as a Therapy for Hematologic Cancers”.

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Fátima Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering

Fátima Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering | iBB | Scoop.it

Fátima Pinto will be defending her PhD thesis in Bioengineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 10th October 2018 (15:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Luís Fonseca and Dragana Barros from BERG-iBB, Fátima focused her attention on the development and characterization of biodegradable nanocarriers to be incorporated in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical or cosmeceutical formulations for the targeted release of bioactive substances. The title of her thesis is "Design and Characterization of Lipid Nanoparticles for an Effective Topical Administration of Active Compounds”.

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Cláudia Godinho Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Cláudia Godinho Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Cláudia Sofia Pires Godinho will be defending her Ph D thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, thursday the 26th July 2018 (10:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Profs. Isabel Sá-Correia and Miguel Teixeira from BSRG-iBB, Cláudia has investigated the role of transporters in yeast multistress defense mechanisms. The title of her thesis is "ABC and MFS transporters involved in multistress defense mechanisms in the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae: roles of Pdr18 and Tpol”.

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Sofia Duarte Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Sofia Duarte Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Sofia de Oliveira Duarte has defended her Ph D thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico on the 16th April 2018. During the last years, and under the supervision of Gabriel Monteiro from BERG-IBB and Lígia Rodrigues from University of Minho, Sofia has investigated the possibility of engineering lactic acid bacteria to produce plasmids and proteins. The title of her thesis is "Lactic acid bacteria as cell factories: A synthetic biology approach for plasmid DNA and recombinant protein production”.

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Francisco Moreira Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering

Francisco Moreira Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering | iBB | Scoop.it

Francisco Moreira has just defended his PhD thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 12th December 2018 (14:00 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Joaquim Cabral and Cláudia Lobato Silva from SCERG-iBB, Francisco focused on the establishment of a scalable three-dimensional dynamic culture for the expansion of adipose tissue-derived MSC under xeno-free conditions. The title of his thesis is "Scalable Platform for the Expansion of Human Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells Under Dynamic Conditions”.

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Marta Carvalho Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering

Marta Carvalho Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering | iBB | Scoop.it

Marta Monteiro Silva Carvalho will be defending her PhD thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine) at Instituto Superior Técnico, tuesday the 4th December 2018 (14:00 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Cláudia Lobato Silva from SCERG-iBB and Deepak Vashisth from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Marta focused on the development of biomimetic 3-D matrices for stem cell mediated bone formation, with a particular interest on evaluating the influence of non-collagenous proteins present in the bone matrix. The title of her thesis is "Stem Cell-mediated bone formation on biomimetic 3-D matrices”.

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Teresa Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine)

Teresa Silva Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering (Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine) | iBB | Scoop.it

Teresa Silva will be defending his PhD thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal) at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 26th October 2018 (15:00 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Carmo Fonseca from IMM and Tiago Fernandes and Evguenia Bekman from SCERG-iBB, Teresa worked on the development of new models to study neurodegenerative diseases such as ataxias that are caused by dysfunction of the cerebellum. The title of her thesis is "Novel bioengineering strategies for modeling cerebellar ataxias”.

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Rúben Soares Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Rúben Soares Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Rúben Soares will be defending his PhD thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, monday the 15th October 2018 (10:00 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Profs. João Pedro Conde from INESC-MN and Raquel Barros from BERG-iBB, Rúben worked on the development of several miniaturized modules (analyte preparation, immunodetection, optical transduction and portable eçlectronics) of a portable point-of-need mycotoxin screening chip. The title of his thesis is "Development of integrated microfluidic mycotoxin screening chip for point-of-need food safety applications”.

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Miriam Sousa Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Miriam Sousa Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Miriam Sousa will be defending her PhD thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, wednesday the 19th October 2018 (14:00 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Frederico Ferreira from SCERG-iBB, Miriam developed nanofiber scaffolds for the cultivation of neural stem cells. The title of her thesis is "Ex-Vivo Culture of Neural Stem Cells in Nanofiber Scaffolds: Cellular Organization and Dynamic Systems”.

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Inês Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Inês Pinto Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Inês Pinto will be defending her PhD thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, monday the 24th September 2018 (9:30 H, room PA3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Profs. Ana Azevedo and Raquel Barros from BERG-iBB, and João Pedro Conde from INESC-MN, Inês developed a microfluidic platform for the rapid screening of the chromatographic purification of monoclonal antibodies. The title of her thesis is "Screening of multimodal ligands for the capture and polishing of antibody streams: A microfluidic approach for rapid optimization of chromatographic operating conditions”.

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Márcia Mata Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences

Márcia Mata Defends PhD Thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences | iBB | Scoop.it

Márcia Andreia Faria da Mata has defended her Ph D thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico on the 9th May 2018. During the last years, and under the supervision of Cláudia Lobato Silva from SCERG-iBB and Prof. Marco Costa from Case Western Reserve University, Márcia has investigated how stem cell engineering can contribute to the development of angiogenic cell therapies for the management of ischemia. The title of her thesis is "Stem Cell Engineering Approaches Towards Angiogenic Cell Therapy for Ischemic Diseases”.

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