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Name:
Isabel B. Leonor
Birth: 
1974-03-18
Nacionality: 
PORTUGAL
Position: 
Academic & Research Staff

Biomineralization Strategies to design new materials for bone regeneration, where the surface properties must be modulated in order to mimic the tissue to be replaced and then led to the formation of new bone at the tissue/biomaterial interface

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Background: 

2011 to present | Associate Researcher under the scope of the Governmental Program “Commitment to Science”, 3B’s Research Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables & Biomimetics (University of Minho, Portugal).

2002-2007 | PhD in Materials Science and Technology – Biomaterials - by University of Minho in cooperation with Kyoto University, Japan.

“New Biomimetic Acellular Routes for Pre-Calcification of Implant Materials, Carrier Particles and Porous Scaffolds” PhD Thesis Research work under supervision of Prof. Tadashi Kokubo (Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Kyoto, Japan) and Prof. Rui Reis (3B’s Research Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables & Biomimetics, University of Minho, Portugal.

1998-2001 | Master Degree (MSc) in Polymer Engineering by University of Minho in cooperation with the Tissue Engineering Research Center, Tsukuba, Japan.

 “Development of Bioactive Starch Based Composites and Novel Coating Methodologies to Produce Bioactive Layers on Polymeric Surfaces” Master Thesis Research work under supervision of Prof. Rui Reis (3B’s Research Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables & Biomimetics, University of Minho, Portugal) and Dr. Atsuo Ito (Tissue Engineering Research Center, National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan).

1992-1997 | Graduation in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto

Research Area: 

Development of functional structures for bone regeneration applications by assembling three key points, osteoconductive, osteoinductive and osteogenesis properties; and the other is centred in using biomimetic approaches to generate calcium phosphate coatings as a carrier for delivering multiple growth factors to be used in regenerative medicine. Engineering chimeric proteins for different applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Characterization of materials using a wide range of microscopic, scanning electron microscopy; atomic force microscopy in two different modes: contact mode in air and aqueous solutions using a Si3N4 cantilever and tapping mode in air using Si cantilever; Several spectroscopy techniques including laser electrophoresis and induced-coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICP).

Project: 

Engineering materials with chemical and biological signals towards bone regeneration

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