Mission

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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Facilities

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, microfluidic station, spot controlled UV curing system, ultra-turrax, plasma reactor and glove box. Specific instruments are also available for materials characterization, such as a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and a rheometer equipped with a UV/visible curing system.

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, conventional PCR equipment, as well as a microtome sectioning equipment.

Bioprocessing Lab

This lab is designed to process biomaterials at different length scales and shapes. It is equipped with a 3D printer and a 3D bioprinter that allows high resolution printing with different bioinks and bioink-cell combinations. This space also contains a class II flow chamber, CO2 incubators, flow cytometer and a microscope. Additionally, the lab is equipped with two automatic dipping robots that enable the development of robust and innovative biomedical devices by exploring combinations of natural building blocks in a layer-by-layer fashion.

Microscopy Lab

The lab contains a Widefield Motorized Upright Fluorescence microscope equipped with high resolution monochromatic and color CCD cameras. The microscope is suitable for analysis of biomaterials and bioimaging of fluorescently labeled cells in 2D and 3D.

Creative Lab

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


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

+351 234 370 200

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