Our research group is aimed at using biomaterials and cells towards the progress of transdisciplinary concepts to be employed in regenerative and personalised medicine. In particular, we ambition to apply biomimetic and nano/micro-technology approaches to polymer-based biomaterials and surfaces in order to develop biomedical devices with improved structural and (multi-)functional properties, or in the engineering of microenvironments to control cell behaviour and organization, to be exploited clinically in advanced therapies or in drug screening.

We are also dedicated to train a new generation of highly qualified professionals and researchers in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment seeking scientific excellency, creative ideas and production of translational products and concepts.

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Biomaterials Science and Engineering Lab

Fully prepared to synthesise and modify polymeric materials. A set of equipment is devoted to process biomaterials into distinct shapes and sizes, including: electrospray/electrospinning apparatus, automatic dipping robot, microfluidic station, spot controlled UV curing system, ultra-turrax, plasma reactor. Specific instruments are also available for materials characterization.

Bioengineering and Cell Characterization Lab

Designed to work with mammalian cells, this laboratory is equipped with class II flow chambers that assure aseptic conditions during cell culture handling, and temperature controlled CO2 incubators. Here, biomaterials are used to grow and/or differentiate cells using either static or dynamic conditions with bioreactors. Additionally, the laboratory is also equipped with state-of-the-art quantitative real-time PCR and conventional PCR equipment.

Microscopy Lab

The lab operates a Widefield Motorized Upright Fluorescence microscope – suitable for materials and cells analysis and 3D reconstruction.

Creative Lab

A space for undergraduate students to develop their individual or group science and technological projects in the field of bioengineering and biomaterials development.


Complexo de Laboratórios Tecnológicos
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

+351 234 370 200