Ana Luísa Torres, PhD
Ana Luísa graduated in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Beira Interior (FCS-UBI) and completed her MSc. in Biomedical Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In this context, she started her research activities at INEB, working in the bone regeneration field, and later she was granted two consecutive Research Assistant fellowships, at FEUP and INEB, where she had the opportunity to continue her research.
In January 2014, she was selected (among more than 90 candidates) to the International Doctoral Programme of Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences (BiotechHealth), from Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, being awarded with 2 sequential fellowships. Her PhD research project, entitled Development of pre-vascularized injectable microspheres for ischemic tissue repair was performed at INEB, under the supervision of Cristina Barrias, in collaboration with Eduardo Silva, from University of California, Davis. The results obtained in the scope of her PhD represent a promising strategy for cell-based therapeutic vascularization, being transversely relevant to promote tissue regeneration, and also appealing for clinical translation as microgels can be produced at a large scale and minimal invasively administered. The quality of the scientific production can be measured by the number of scientific publications in international relevant journals on the research field and several oral and poster presentations in prestigious international conferences.
Her research interests are related with Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine. At the moment, she is mainly focused on the development of molecularly designed hydrogels that mimic the natural extracellular matrix, to produce injectable pre-vascularized microspheres for tissue repair.