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Mariana Amaral concluded her BSc in Health Sciences by Universidade de Lisboa (FFUL, FMUL, FCUL, FMDUL, and FPUL) in 2018, during which she initiated her research activity, with the development and characterization of nanoparticles for the treatment of cancer. More recently, she concluded an MSc in NOVA Biomedical Research, an International Master Program by NOVA Medical School (NMS-UNL), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in January 2021, with 18/20. During her MSc, she completed three laboratory rotations (NMS-UNL, FFUL, and Utrecht University) and developed her Master Thesis project at iMed.ULisboa (FFUL), entitled "Non-invasive elimination of superficial tumours: a step forward", under the supervision of Catarina Pinto Reis (FFUL) and Ricardo A. Afonso (NMS-UNL), in which she obtained a mark of 19/20. Currently, she has published 1 book chapter, 2 original articles (1st author), and 2 reviews (1st author). In March 2021, she competed at the AIMS Meeting 2021 Research Competition (sponsored by Fundação AstraZeneca) in which she was awarded First Place.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Mariana Moura das Neves Amaral

Citation names

  • Amaral, Mariana
  • Mariana Neves Amaral

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
CE17-A249-4380
ORCID iD
0000-0002-4526-2157
Researcher Id
AAE-5678-2021
Scopus Author Id
57216590315

Email addresses

  • marianaamaral@campus.ul.pt (Professional)
  • marianaamaral8b@gmail.com (Personal)

Websites

  • https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mariana-Amaral-15 (Social media)

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Education
Degree Classification
2021/12 - 2025/12
Ongoing
Doutoramento em Farmácia - PhD in Pharmacy (Doutoramento)
Major in Tecnologia Farmacêutica - Pharmaceutic Technology
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal
2018/09 - 2021/01/19
Concluded
NOVA Biomedical Research (Mestrado)
Major in Oncobiology
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
"Non-invasive elimination of superficial tumours: a step forward" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
18
2019/09/20
Concluded
FFUL/SPCAL Course in Laboratory Animal Science (Pós-Graduação)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal
17
2015 - 2018
Concluded
Ciências da Saúde (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina Dentária, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Psicologia, Portugal
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Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2019/09 - Current Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal
2021/07/06 - 2021/07/16 Research Trainee (Research) Fundação Champalimaud, Portugal
Fior Lab, Portugal
2019/04/29 - 2019/05/17 Research Trainee (Research) Universiteit Utrecht Departement Farmaceutische Wetenschappen, Netherlands
Universiteit Utrecht Departement Farmaceutische Wetenschappen, Netherlands
2019/02 - 2019/03 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
2018/01 - 2018/08 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2021 - 2025/11/01 Personalized and minimally invasive treatment for canine nasal adenocarcinoma: A step forward for quality in the therapy of superficial tumours
SFRH/BD/05377/2021
PhD Student Fellow
Ongoing
Outputs

Publications

Book chapter
  1. MOTA, Ana Henriques; Sousa, Alexandra; Figueira, Mariana; Amaral, Mariana; Sousa, Bruno; Rocha, João; Fattal, Elias; Almeida, António José; Pinto Reis, C. "Natural-based consumer health nanoproducts: medicines, cosmetics, and food supplements". In Handbook of Functionalized Nanomaterials for Industrial Applications. Elsevier, 2020.
    Published • 10.1016/B978-0-12-816787-8.00019-3
Conference poster
  1. Mariana Neves Amaral. "Minimally-Invasive Gold-Mediated Photothermal Ablation of Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma". Paper presented in 13th iMed.ULisboa Postgraduate Students Meeting, 2022.
  2. "A step towards non-invasive management of Anaplasic Thyroid Carcinoma: a gold-based approach". Paper presented in Encontro Ciência 2022 - Encontro com a Ciência e Tecnologia em Portugal, 2022.
  3. Amaral, Mariana; Martins, Ana Sofia; Torres Silvério, Inês; Catarino, José; Faísca, Rui Pedro Brás Martins ; Kumar, Pradeep; F. Pinto, João; et al. "How Can Biomolecules Improve Mucoadhesion of Oral Insulin?". Paper presented in 1st Symposium on Advanced Technologies for Drug Delivery, 2021.
  4. Amaral, Mariana; Ricardo A. Afonso; José Catarino; Pedro Faísca; Lina Carvalho; Lia Ascensão; João Pinto Coelho; Maria Manuela Gaspa; Ana Catarina Beco Pinto Reis. "Gold-Based Nanoplataform for the Treatment of Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma: A Step Forward". Paper presented in iMed.ULisboa Meeting 2021, 2021.
  5. Amaral, Mariana; Ana Henriques Mota; Inês Prazeres; Ana Teresa Serra; Maria Manuela Gaspar; Lia Ascensão; Ana Silveira Viana; et al. "Sambucus nigra L. extract-loaded polymeric nanoparticles as a potential anti-inflammatory topical formulation". Paper presented in Natural products application: Health, Cosmetic and Food, 2021.
    10.13140/RG.2.2.24201.77922
  6. Joana Lopes; Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves; Amaral, Mariana; João M. P. Coelho; Pedro Vieira; Ana S. Viana; Maria Manuela Gaspar; Ana Catarina Beco Pinto Reis. "Photothermal Therapy and Nanotechnology: a new Therapeutic Strategy for the Superficial Tumors". Paper presented in XIV Congresso Mundial dos Farmacêuticos de Língua Portuguesa, 2020.
  7. Amaral, Mariana; Ascensão, Lia; Coelho, João M. P.; Pinto Reis, C. "Non-invasive elimination of superficial tumours: a step forward". Paper presented in 11th AIMS Meeting, 2020.
Journal article
  1. Amaral, Mariana. "An update of advanced nanoplatforms for Glioblastoma Multiforme Management". EXCLI (2021): https://www.excli.de/index.php/excli/article/view/4393.
    Published • https://doi.org/10.17179/excli2021-4393
  2. Mariana Amaral; Adília J. Charmier; Ricardo A. Afonso; José Catarino; Pedro Faísca; Lina Carvalho; Lia Ascensão; et al. "Gold-Based Nanoplataform for the Treatment of Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma: A Step Forward". Cancers 13 6 (2021): 1242-1242. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13061242.
    Published • 10.3390/cancers13061242
  3. Mariana Amaral; Ana B Pereiro; Maria Manuela Gaspar; Catarina Pinto Reis. "Recent advances in ionic liquids and nanotechnology for drug delivery". Nanomedicine (2020): https://doi.org/10.2217/nnm-2020-0340.
    Published • 10.2217/nnm-2020-0340
  4. Amaral, Mariana; Afonso, Ricardo A.; Gaspar, M. Manuela; Pinto Reis, C. "Anaplastic thyroid cancer: how far can we go?". EXCLI Journal Experimental and Clinical Sciences 19 (2020): 800-812.
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.17179/excli2020-2257
  5. Amaral, Mariana; Martins, Ana Sofia; Catarino, José; Faísca, Rui Pedro Brás Martins ; Kumar, Pradeep; Pinto, João; Pinto, Rui; et al. "How can biomolecules improve mucoadhesion of oral insulin? A comprehensive insight using ex-vivo, in silico and in vivo models". Biomolecules 10 5 (2020): https://www.mdpi.com/2218-273X/10/5/675#.
    Open access • Published • doi.org/10.3390/biom10050675
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Amaral, Mariana. "Non-invasive Elimination of Superficial Tumours: A Step Forward". Master, Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, 2021.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/10/22 How Can Biomolecules Improve Mucoadhesion of Oral Insulin? 1st Symposium on Advanced Technologies for Drug Delivery
(Portugal)
2021/03/18 How can biomolecules improve mucoadhesion of oral insulin? A comprehensive insight using ex-vivo, in silico and in vivo models 12th AIMS Meeting - Research Competition
2020/09/25 Nanotecnologia na Farmácia e Medicina Encontro Internacional dos Farmacêuticos Lusófonos Online – Academia Lusófona De Ciências Farmacêutica
Academia Lusófona De Ciências Farmacêutica
Distinctions

Award

2021 First Place at the 12th AIMS Meeting 2021 Research Competition
Fundação Astrazeneca , Portugal