PhD in Materials Science and Engineering – Tissue Engineering/Hybrid Materials - Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho (Portugal) in cooperation with the Department of Bioengineering, Rice University (USA).
Master-degree in Polymer Engineering - School of Engineering, University of Minho (Portugal) in cooperation with the company Isotis, Bilthoven (Holland)
Graduation in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, CENG - Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
Bone and cartilage tissue engineering strategies, namely:
Development and characterization of scaffold materials based on biodegradable polymers for tissue engineering applications.
Cell culturing on biodegradable scaffolds: stem cells sourcing (bone marrow and adipose tissue) and differentiation.
Dynamic Cell culturing systems (bioreactors) for tissue engineering application: design and use of systems capable of enhancing differentiation and proliferation of stem cells seeded onto 3D scaffolds.
Current main research topics:
Development of multifunctional scaffolds, associating different materials formats (membranes 3D structures, nanoparticles) and microengineered hydrogels
Bioreactors design – development of bioreactors for culturing constructs with clinical relevant dimensions and/or to provide specific stimulus and/or systems for on-line monitoring of in vitro functionality
Periodontal tissue engineering - design of bi-layer and/or injectable scaffolds to achieve simultaneous regeneration of the different tissues involved and stem cell sourcing/differentiation for such applications
Tendon tissue Engineering – design of specific scaffolds, composed of oriented fiber to enhance tenogenic development of human adipose tissue stem cells (hASCs) and aminiotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs).
Magnetic force based tissue engineering approaches for tissue regeneration