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Vera Catarina Ferreira de Sousa completed her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry in 2017 at the University of Aveiro (UA). In the same institution, she posteriorly followed the classes in which concluded the Master degree in Molecular Biomedicine in 2019. From a very early age she discovered that research fascinates her, she has a special interest in the clinical field and even more in tissue regeneration. With this in mind, she chose the Bachelor degree in Biochemistry that she knew would satisfy her interests in biology and chemistry. During her course, she was able to develop a global understanding of the phenomena occurring in living organisms. She felt completely fulfilled and certain that this degree gave her, through laboratory experience, crucial competences that allow her to work in research laboratories. In the last year of her Bachelor degree during six months she developed her final degree project on photodynamic therapy in the inactivation of C. albicans in PBS. Next, she chose the Master degree in Molecular Biomedicine and developed the specific and targeted skills for clinical research, in fact, this Master degree is at the interphase between Medicine/Health and Biology and involves knowhow from Molecular Biology, Genomics, Proteomics, Human health, and Pathology. During her master thesis, she worked with photodynamic therapy (aPDT) for inactivation of microorganisms in plasma and whole blood and the aim was the development of a safe protocol for blood disinfection and its derivatives, to prevent possible transfusion-transmitted infections. Her dissertation work was published in 2019 in the international Journal Antibiotics (doi:10.3390/antibiotics8040221) and presented at an international congress in Barcelona. Even during her dissertation year, she participated in other work in cooperation with the Department of Chemistry, which was published in 2020 (doi:10.1016/j.bioorg.2020.103994). Her constant need to acquire new knowledge and be aware of the cutting-edge research is demonstrated by the participation in different workshops, student meetings, national and international conferences (poster presentations) and to act as a volunteer at the Chemistry Olympiads and in the Laboratory of Applied Microbiology. Her main attributes are her autonomy, criticism, sharped opinion, and perspicacity that never fulfills the curiosity that is always attached to the research field, a roller coaster always changing. Apart from all the qualities that she finds required to work in investigation, she also has the humbleness, persistence, a great willingness to learn, and commitment to every project that she enters. In 2020, she joined to the COMPASS Research Group, which belongs to the Associate Laboratory CICECO- Aveiro Institute of Materials, as a research fellow, working under the supervision of Dr. João Borges in a scientific research and technological development project, financed by FCT, focusing on the rational molecular design, synthesis and development of self-regulated supramolecular systems for biomedical purposes (PTDC/QUI-OUT/30658/2017). Within the scope of this project, she is one of the authors of a paper and she also participated in national and international congresses with oral communications. In 2021 she starts her PhD scholarship in Chemistry at the COMPASS Research group.
Identificação

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Vera Sousa

Nomes de citação

  • Vera Sousa

Identificadores de autor

Ciência ID
EC11-51EC-B46F
ORCID iD
0000-0002-0485-3233
Researcher Id
AAJ-1839-2020

Endereços de correio eletrónico

  • vcfs@ua.pt (Profissional)

Moradas

  • Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (Profissional)
  • Avenida Bela Vista Nº221, 4620-184, Porto, Lousada, Portugal (Pessoal)

Websites

Domínios de atuação

  • Ciências Naturais - Ciências Biológicas - Microbiologia
  • Ciências Médicas e da Saúde - Biotecnologia Médica - Biomateriais

Idiomas

Idioma Conversação Leitura Escrita Compreensão Peer-review
Português (Idioma materno)
Inglês Utilizador independente (B2) Utilizador independente (B2) Utilizador independente (B2) Utilizador independente (B2) Utilizador independente (B2)
Formação
Grau Classificação
2021/07/01 - 2025/07/01
Em curso
Química (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2017/10/17 - 2019/12/18
Concluído
Biomedicina Molecular (Mestrado)
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
"Cationic porphyrinic photosensitizers in the inactivation of Candida albicans in blood" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
18
2014/11/09 - 2017/09/07
Concluído
Bioquímica (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Química, Portugal
13
Projetos

Bolsa

Designação Financiadores
2020/02/10 - 2021/06/21 SUPRASORT-Dispositivos Supramoleculares Auto-Regulados baseados na Complementaridade dos Pares de Base do ADN: Uma Tecnologia Biomimética e com Reconhecimento Molecular para Isolar Células Específicas para Aplicações Biomédicas
Bolseiro de Mestrado
Universidade de Aveiro CICECO, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Em curso
Produções

Publicações

Artigo em revista
  1. Sousa, Vera; Amaral, Adérito J. R.; Castanheira, Edgar J.; Marques, Igor; Rodrigues, João M. M.; Félix, Vítor; Borges, João; Mano, João F.. "Self-Supporting Hyaluronic Acid-Functionalized G-Quadruplex-Based Perfusable Multicomponent Hydrogels Embedded in Photo-Cross-Linkable Matrices for Bioapplications". Biomacromolecules 24 7 (2023): 3380-3396. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.3c00433.
    10.1021/acs.biomac.3c00433
  2. Djenisa H. A. Rocha; Carmen M. Machado; Vera Sousa; Cristiana F. V. Sousa; Vera L. M. Silva ; Artur M. S. Silva; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Customizable and Regioselective One-Pot N-H Functionalization of DNA Nucleobases to Create a Library of Nucleobase Derivatives for Biomedical Application". Eur. J. Org. Chem (2021): doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.202100786.
    Publicado
  3. Eddahmi, Mohammed; Vera Sousa; Moura, Nuno M.M.; Dias, Cristina J.; Bouissane, Latifa; Faustino, Maria A.F.; Cavaleiro, José A.S.; et al. "New nitroindazole-porphyrin conjugates: Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial properties". Bioorganic Chemistry 101 (2020): 103994. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2020.103994.
    Publicado • 10.1016/j.bioorg.2020.103994
  4. Vera Sousa; Ana T.P.C. Gomes; Américo Freitas; Maria A. F. Faustino; Maria G. P. M. S. Neves; Adelaide Almeida. "Photodynamic Inactivation of Candida albicans in Blood Plasma and Whole Blood". Antibiotics 8 4 (2019): 221. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics8040221.
    Publicado • 10.3390/antibiotics8040221
Poster em conferência
  1. Vera Sousa; Adérito J.R. Amaral; Edgar J. Castanheira; João M. M. Rodrigues; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Hyaluronic acid-functionalized G-quadruplex based perfusable hydrogels for regenerative medicine". Trabalho apresentado em Jornadas CICECO, 2023.
  2. Vera Sousa; Adérito J. R. Amaral; Edgar J. Castanheira; Igor Marques; João M. M. Rodrigues; Vítor Félix; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Supramolecular hyaluronic acid-functionalized G-quadruplex based perfusable hydrogels for bioapplications". Trabalho apresentado em 1st Iberian Symposium on Functional Organic Polymers, 2023.
  3. Vera Sousa; Adérito J. R. Amaral; Edgar J. Castanheira; Igor Marques; João M. M. Rodrigues; Vítor Félix; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Hyaluronic acid-functionalized G-quadruplex perfusable supramolecular hydrogels embedded in photoctosslinkable matrix for regenerative". Trabalho apresentado em Supralife First School, 2023.
  4. Vera Sousa; Carmen M. Machado; Cristiana F. V. Sousa; Djenisa H. A. Rocha; Vera L. M. Silva ; Artur M. S. Silva; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Regioselective functionalization of DNA nucleobases towards a library of nucleobase derivatives for biomedicine". Trabalho apresentado em Jornadas CICECO 2021, 2021.
  5. Vera Sousa; Ana T.P.C. Gomes; Maria A. F. Faustino; Maria G. P. M. S. Neves; Adelaide Almeida. "Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy as an alternative therapeutic approach for inactivation of C. albicans in blood". Trabalho apresentado em One health day, 2019.
  6. Vera Sousa; Ana T.P.C. Gomes; Maria A.F. Faustino; Maria G.P.M.S. Neves; Adelaide Almeida. "Photodynamic inactivation of Candida albicans in blood". Trabalho apresentado em 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life, 2019.
Resumo em conferência
  1. Vera Sousa; Adérito J. R. Amaral; Edgar J. Castanheira; Igor Marques; João M. M. Rodrigues; Vítor Félix; João Borges; João F. Mano. "G-quadruplex based perfusable supramolecular hydrogels for bioapplications". Trabalho apresentado em IUPAC|CHAINS2023, The Hauge, 2023.
    Aceite para publicação
  2. Vera Sousa; Adérito J. R. Amaral; Edgar J. Castanheira; Igor Marques; João M. M. Rodrigues; Vítor Félix; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Dynamic HA-functionalized G-quadruplex-based supramolecular hydrogels to bioengineer perfusable 3D constructs". Trabalho apresentado em Research Summit, Aveiro, 2023.
    Aceite para publicação
  3. Vera Sousa; Carmen M. Machado; Cristiana F. V. Sousa; Djenisa H. A. Rocha; Vera L. M. Silva ; Artur M. S. Silva; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Customizable and regioselective N-H functionalization of nucleobases towards advanced biopolymer conjugates for biomedicine". Trabalho apresentado em IUPAC WORLD CHEMISTRY CONGRESS 2021 VIRTUAL, 2021.
    Aceite para publicação • 10.1002/ejoc.202100786
  4. Vera Sousa; Bert Meijer; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Chemically programmable and adaptive soft supramolecular multicomponent biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration". Trabalho apresentado em Research Summit, Aveiro, 2021.
  5. Vera Sousa; Carmen M. Machado; Cristiana F. V. Sousa; Djenisa H. A. Rocha; Vera L. M. Silva ; Artur M. S. Silva; João Borges; João F. Mano. "Regioselective NH functionalization of DNA nucleobases towards advanced biopolymer conjugates for biomedical applications". Trabalho apresentado em 7th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting, Bragança, 2021.
    Aceite para publicação • 10.1002/ejoc.202100786
Tese / Dissertação
  1. Vera Sousa. "Cationic porphyrinic photosensitizers in the inactivation of Candida albicans in blood". Mestrado, Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Ciências Médicas, 2019.
Atividades

Organização de evento

Nome do evento
Tipo de evento (Tipo de participação)
Instituição / Organização
2023/03/19 - 2023/03/24 Supralife First School (2023/03/19 - 2023/03/24)
Conferência
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2018/11/13 - 2018/11/13 Signaling afternoon In a pedagogical afternoon, which focuses on signaling pathways, we intend to show the importance of them in the most diverse areas of biomedicine and how they contribute to some pathologies. (2020/11/13)
Conferência (Membro da Comissão Organizadora)
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
2015 - 2015 Volunteer at the Chemistry Olympiads (2015)
Concurso (Outra)
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Química, Portugal

Participação em evento

Descrição da atividade
Tipo de evento
Nome do evento
Instituição / Organização
2023/08/20 - 2023/08/25 IUPAC|CHAINS2023
Congresso
IUPAC|CHAINS2023
2023/05/11 - 2023/05/12 1st Iberian Symposium on Functional Organic Polymers
Conferência
1st Iberian Symposium on Functional Organic Polymers
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2021/08/13 - 2021/08/20 IUPAC WORLD CHEMISTRY CONGRESS 2021
Congresso
2021/05/19 - 2021/05/21 7th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting
Encontro
2019/11/06 - 2019/11/06 One Health Day
Oficina (workshop)
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2019/08/25 - 2019/08/30 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life
Congresso
2018/10/26 - 2018/10/26 Colorectal cancer in Portugal: From research to prevention and treatment
Seminário
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2017/03/03 - 2017/03/05 National Meeting of Biotechnology Students
Encontro
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Química, Portugal
2015/03/27 - 2015/03/29 National Meeting of Chemistry Students
Encontro
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Química, Portugal

Curso / Disciplina lecionado

Disciplina Curso (Tipo) Instituição / Organização
2020/09/07 - 2020/10/02 Intermediate Level II - B2.2 (QECR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) of the Free English Course Curso Livre de Inglês (Diploma de especialização) Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Distinções

Prémio

2019 European Society for Photobiology (ESP) Fellowship