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Name:
Isabel B. Leonor
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 bioactive materials, addressing the importance of highly organized functionalized surfaces towards the controlled nucleation of apatite and the osteogenic differentiation of stem cells; and in using recombinant DNA technology to generate spider silk chimeric proteins with different functionalities, cell adhesion, apatite nucleation and antibacterial motifs, towards their application in tissue engineering and infection control of implants. Studying the effect of nanotopographical features on bacteria adhesion to design antibacterial surfaces.

Development of tools and methods for the morphological and structural analysis of materials using a wide range of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

Project: 

Engineering materials with chemical and biological signals towards bone regeneration

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