Short biographic note
I completed my integrated master’s programme in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. My master’s specialization was in Biomechanics and Medical Devices and during these years I developed a great interest for mechanobiology and the role of mechanics in diseases. Consequently, the research for the master thesis was carried out in a mechanobiology lab in KU Leuven’s – the MATrix group. There, I developed and optimized nanoindentation protocols for the mechanical characterization of soft hydrogels that are used in 3D Traction Force Microscopy for in vitro invasion assays. I also learned a lot about research and decided to pursue my studies and apply for a PhD position.
Currently, I am based in IBEC in Barcelona and am focused on defining the differential mechanical properties of lung tissue and ECM clinical biopsies in the context of lung cancer diagnosis using AFM technology.
Tissue and ECM mechanical fingerprints of lung cancer
1st June 2019
To define differential mechanical properties of tissue and extracellular matrix (ECM) of lung clinical biopsies performed for lung cancerdiagnosis.
The study will be carried out in tissue samples obtained from biopsies performed for lung cancer diagnosis at the Clinic Hospital of Barcelona (affiliated with UB). Standardised protocols for preparation of lung tissue samples obtained from biopsies for AFM measurements. Characterisation of viscoelastic properties of normal and cancer lung ECM and tissue. Mechanical heterogeneity of normal and cancer lung tissues. Correlation between mechanical properties, molecular composition and structure of ECM of normal and cancer lung tissues. Mechanical fingerprints of parenchymal tissue and acellular ECM in patients with lung cancer.