Miriam Sousa

PhD Candidate


M.Sc. in Biotechnology, FCT-UNL, 2009
Graduation in Applied Chemistry, FCT-UNL, 2007

Research Activities

Study the interaction between artificial matrices and stem cells and the respective effect on cell fate, i.e self renewal vs. differentiation. Neural stem cells are the model system and electrospining the technique used to build tridimensional nanofiber based matrices to be applied as cell scaffolds. The strategy followed includes testing different scaffold properties in terms of fiber diameter and matrices porosity, as well material stiffness, hydrophobicity and preparation of hybrid materials, with synthetic and natural polymers, such as proteins and polysaccharides.

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