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I obtained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Aveiro (UA, 2021) during which I acquired various fundamental concepts and gained practical laboratory experience, which motivated me to enrol a final project focused on the development of novel epigenetic drugs for cancer therapy, with a final grade of 18/20. Due to my strong interest in biomaterials and regenerative medicine, I continued my academic path, pursuing a master’s degree in molecular biotechnology and bioengineering (UA, 2023). The dissertation - developed at CICECO (UA) - was focused on the creation of new photocrosslinkable inks composed of natural polymers, including human-derived proteins (platelet lysates), for 3D printing applications, in which I obtained a final grade of 18/20. Through this work, I gained knowledge and practical experience in protein and polysaccharide modification, cell culture procedures, imaging techniques and in the use of 3D printing technologies. Still during my master’s, in 2023, I was the recipient of a research grant in the scope of a large European project (H2020 InterLynk), in which I am currently working, under the supervision of Prof. João Mano and Dr. Rita Almeida. In this project, I am also continuing to develop inks from natural-based materials, including blood-derived components envisioning patient-specific personalized therapies. I am the first author and presenter of two scientific communications in the scope of my master thesis. Recently, I submitted my first scientific article to Biomaterials Advances which is currently in the final stages before publication. Alongside the academic path, I also attended workshops and conferences and I was engaged in different extracurricular activities, which further enhanced my hard and soft skills. Overall, this journey, so far, has given me tools and a strong motivation to pursue a career in medical science and technology, particularly tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, fields that align with my research interests.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Andreia Isabel Pinho Malafaia

Citation names

  • Malafaia, Andreia P.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
2E11-14C0-C3C0
ORCID iD
0009-0005-1673-6308

Email addresses

  • andreiamalafaia@ua.pt (Professional)

Addresses

  • CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (Professional)

Websites

Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Biochemistry
  • Medical and Health Sciences - Medical Biotechnology - Biomaterials

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Education
Degree Classification
2021/10/01 - 2023/12/13
Concluded
Biotecnologia (Mestrado)
Major in Molecular e Bioengenharia
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"Photoclickable inks - 3D printing intelligent gelling systems with biomedical applications" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
18
2018/09/13 - 2021/07/20
Concluded
Bioquímica (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
16
Projects

Contract

Designation Funders
2023/10/01 - Current Human Platelet Lysates-based Scaffolds for Interfacial Multi-tissue Repair
953169
Research Fellow
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
European Commission
Ongoing
Outputs

Publications

Conference poster
  1. Malafaia, Andreia P.; Sobreiro-Almeida, Rita; João M. M. Rodrigues; Mano, Joao F.. "ECM-mimetic photo-clickable thiol-ene inks for biomedical applications". Paper presented in SupraLife Second School: Bioinspired Supramolecular Self-Assemblies, 2024.
  2. Malafaia, Andreia P.; Sobreiro-Almeida, Rita; João M. M. Rodrigues; Mano, Joao F.. ""Photo-clickable" bioinks - 3D printing intelligent gelling systems for biomedical applications". Paper presented in SupraLife First School - Functional Supramolecular Polymeric Biomaterials, 2023.
  3. Malafaia, Andreia P.; Sobreiro-Almeida, Rita; João M. M. Rodrigues; Mano, Joao F.. ""Photo-clickable" bioinks - 3D printing intelligent gelling systems for biomedical applications". Paper presented in Ciência 2023: Ciência e Oceano para Além do Horizonte, 2023.
Activities

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2023 - 2023 Jornadas CICECO 2023: Crossing Borders
Conference
Jornadas CICECO 2023
Universidade de Aveiro CICECO, Portugal
2022/03 - 2022/06 International Webinars on Topics on Cell and Tissue Engineering (2nd edition)
Workshop
Universidade de Aveiro CICECO, Portugal
2021/04 - 2021/04 XII Biochemistry Day - The Biochemistry of SARS-CoV-2
Conference
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2019 - 2019 Workshop on Animal Experimentation
Workshop
ENEBIOQ XII
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2019 - 2019 ENEBIOQ XII: Bioquímica à Beira Ria
Meeting
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2019 - 2019 Workshop on Science Communication
Workshop
ENEBIOQ XII
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2021 - 2024 MAD Panda Voluntária
2021 - 2023 Scientific Junior Value - Júnior Empresa da Universidade de Aveiro (inserida no Movimento Júnior Empresarial Português) Membro do Departamento de Comunicação e Imagem; Organização de eventos

Committee member

Activity description
Role
Institution / Organization
2021 - 2022 Núcleo de Estudantes de Química (NEQ) - colaborador
Other
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal