Our Group

Liliana Bernardino (PhD) – Principal Investigator

Career Track

2017-present: Course Director of the 1st degree cycle in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2013-present: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Catholic University of Portugal, Viseu, Portugal

2008-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal and CICS, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2003-2008: PhD in Molecular Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

1998-2003: Licenciate, Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Research Interests

Liliana Bernardino obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Coimbra. Her work was conducted at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), at the Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri (Milan, Italy) and at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Southern Denmark (Denmark). Her main goal was to find new therapeutic strategies, targeting neuroinflammation processes, which could promote neuroprotection and neurogenesis. She has published 49 peer-review international articles and 9 book chapters. She was the principal investigator of several research projects funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and “Medalhas de Honra L’Oreal”; and a member of the research team of  multiple projects. Currently, Liliana is the leader scientist of several research projects that aim to boost brain repair in the context of brain ischemic stroke and in Parkinson’s disease.

 

Ana Clara Cristóvão (PhD) – Investigator

Career Track

2017-present: Investigator (team member of ICON Project), University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.

2016-2017: Invited Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior (FCS-UBI), Covilhã, Portugal.

2013-2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Health Science Research Centre, CICS-UBI, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.

2011-2013: Associate researcher, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida, FL, USA.

2006-2010: PhD student at Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, USA and CICS-UBI, Covilhã, Portugal.

2005-2006: PhD student of the PhD program PDBEB, Center of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.

2002-2003: Summer Research Fellow, Biology Department, The Weizmann Institute of Science,Rehovot, Israel.

1999-2005: Basic in Science, Biochemistry, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.

1998-1999: Clinical analysis lab technician at the Pathology Laboratory of the Hospital of Covilhã, Portugal.

1997-1998:Clinical analysis lab technician at the Pathology Laboratory of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Coimbra, Portugal.

1994-1997: Baccalaureate in Clinical Analysis and Diagnosis, School of Health Technology of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.

Research Interests

Ana Clara Cristovao obtained her doctorate in  Cell Biology, by the University of Coimbra. She investigated the contribution of oxidative stress induced by NADPH oxidase (Nox) enzymes in Parkinson’s disease (PD). She then investigated the molecular mechanisms involved in the oxidative aggregation of alpha-synucleinopathy occurring in PD. Her professional activity with strong internationalization have led to 16 scientific publications. She is key investigator in several research projects founded by FCT, NIH and Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, her scientific research goal is to investigate the therapeutic potential for PD of specific inhibitors of Nox1 and new administration vehicles to boost their bioavailability and effectiveness in the brain.   Ana Clara has recently implemented a technology transfer startup (NeuroSolutions) launched by UBImedical incubation program that offers pre-clinical validation services to academy/pharmaceutic companies aiming to validate molecules with therapeutic potential in PD.

 

Claudia Saraiva

Cláudia Saraiva (PhD)

Career Track

2017-present: Research Fellow at Health Science Research Centre, Covilhã, Portugal

2012-2017: PhD student in Bioengineering Systems from MIT Portugal, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal AND University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.

2010-2012: MSc in Biochemistry, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

2007-2012: BS in Biochemistry, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Research Interests

Cláudia Saraiva conducted her PhD thesis in the neuroscience field (PhD program in Bioengineering Systems from MIT Portugal ). Cláudia studied the therapeutic potential of microRNA-loaded nanoparticles in neural stem cell-based brain repair strategies in a context of Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Her investigation provided clear evidences supporting that miR-124 NPs are positive modulators of endogenous SVZ neurogenesis as well as their potential application in brain repair strategies. She published a total of 8 peer-reviewed articles (5 as first-author). Cláudia Saraiva is now a research fellow at CICS and she aims to continue to grow her expertise in the field of biomaterials as therapeutic tools to brain repair strategies.

 

Marta Esteves (PhD student)

Career Track

2016–present: PhD Student in Biomedicine, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2016: Research technician, Health Sciences Research Centre (CICS-UBI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2013–2016: Trainee, Health Sciences Research Centre (CICS-UBI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2011-2013: MSc in Biotechnology, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2008-2011: BS in Biotechnology, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

Research Interests

Marta Esteves obtained her master thesis at Health Sciences Research Centre (CICS-UBI), University of Beira Interior.  Marta Esteves is now conducting her PhD thesis at CICS-UBI. The main goal of her experimental work is the study of the therapeutic potential of microRNAs-enriched mononuclear exosomes in neurogenesis in a context of stroke. Her work has resulted in 4 peer-reviewed articles (2 as first-author).

 

Jéssica Nunes (MSc)

Career Track

2018-present: Research fellow at Health Science Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2015-2017: MSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2012-2015: BS in Biomedical Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

 

Master Students

Catarina Almeida
Mariana Fiadeiro
Emanuel David

 

 

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