Dr. Manuela Gomes
University of Minho, Portugal
Manuela E. Gomes graduated in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal in 1997, obtained the MSc in Polymer Engineering, Univ. of Minho in 2001 and the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering – Tissue Engineering/Hybrid Materials in collaboration with the Rice University (USA) in 2005. She is presently Associate Professor at the University of Minho. Manuela Gomes is one of the Vice-Directors of the 3B’s Research Group since 2011 and she is also on the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Associate Laboratory that gathers the Institute for Life and Health Sciences of the University of Minho and the 3B´s Research Group. She was a founder researcher of the 3B’s Research Group and she is responsible for the Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008 Certified). She is a board member of the Doctoral Program on Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells of the University of Minho and co-responsible for the module on Biomaterials and Nanotechnology of the MIT-Portugal PhD Program in Bioengineering Systems. She also responsible for lecturing on biomaterials, tissue engineering and stem cells to biomedical engineering students of the Univ. of Minho. Manuela Gomes research interests have focused on bone, cartilage and more recently, tendon tissue engineering strategies, namely in the development of scaffold materials based on biodegradable natural origin polymers, stem cells sourcing and differentiation (using biochemical and physical methods); She is also interested in translational aspects of Tissue Engineering, focusing on autologous approaches and cryopreservation of tissue substitutes. Recently her research has been also focusing on magnetic approaches as means to increase the functionality of tissue engineered constructs in vitro and post implantation. Manuela has been part of numerous European and national/regional projects as PI/member, including for example the European Network of Excellence EXPERTISSUES, which originated the European Institute of Excellence in Tissue Engineering (EXPERTISSUES EEIG), leaded by 3B’s. More recently, she has been involved in the EC funded project “THE DISCOVERIS CTR” (H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-Teaming), which aims at implementing a new Center of Excellence in Regenerative and Precision Medicine at the University of Minho (in collaboration with the major Portuguese universities and the University College of London). She was awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC CoG) that will start in May 2018 and more recently with a EC funded Twinning Project, in collaboration with NUI Galway (Ireland), Regensburg University (Germany) and the Mayo Clinic (USA). Manuela E. Gomes is editor 2 books and author of 36 book chapters, 175 full papers published in international refereed journals, and more than 290 communications in international Conferences. She has been invited to give 35 seminars in internationally conferences and advanced schools. She is also co-author of 7 patents (national/international). She has received several awards, including the 2013 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society – European Chapter (TERMIS-EU) Young Investigator Award, in Istanbul, Turkey, in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research during the early stages of the career.