My name is Ana Carolina Santo Mendes. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Biochemistry, both from the University of Coimbra. During my MSc, I worked at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku, Finland, under the supervision of Professor Doctor Terhi Heino. There, I analyzed the potential of different progenitor cells, present in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (MNCs), to induce vascularization in co-culture with mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) and studied the origin of endothelial cells and pericytes previously found in MSC-MNC co-cultures. Most of the results produced in my MSc project were included in a scientific article published in the journal Stem Cells and Development, "An In Vitro Co-Culture Model of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Promotes the Differentiation of Myeloid Angiogenic Cells and Pericyte-like Cells" (DOI: 10.1089/scd.2019.0171), where I am a co-author. Currently, I am working at Biocant under the supervision of Doctor Mário Grãos. I am involved in a research project entitled "MSCellProduction" leader by Crioestaminal - Saúde e Tecnologia, S.A. and in collaboration with Technical University of Lisbon and Coimbra University Hospital. This project aims to manufacture a cell-based therapy from MSCs of the umbilical cord and adipose tissue, as well as to demonstrate that this cell therapy can be used in the treatment of several diseases, such as Lupus, Multiples Sclerosis and Systemic Sclerosis.

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Ana Carolina Santo Mendes

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  • acsantom@gmail.com (Profissional)
  • carolina.mendes@biocant.pt (Profissional)


  • Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of Coimbra (CNC) - UC-Biotech. Parque Tecnológico de Cantanhede, Núcleo 04, Lote 8, 3060-197, Cantanhede, Cantanhede, Portugal (Profissional)


  • www.linkedin.com/in/acsantom (Profissional)
  • https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8494-4425 (Profissional)


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