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Rúben Pereira
Project Leader

Rúben Pereira is Junior Researcher at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto (i3S), Portugal. He received his PhD in 2018 from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (University of Porto), an MSc in Product Design and Engineering and BSc in Biomechanics both from the School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal.
During the MSc, Rúben Pereira focused his research on the development of hydrogel wound dressings. Since then, he has been involved in national/EU founded projects in bioprinting and tissue engineering. During the PhD, he developed biofunctional hydrogel bioinks for skin bioprinting under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Bártolo (University of Manchester) and Dr. Pedro Granja (i3S). Rúben Pereira has been collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry to design novel products (e.g., wound dressings) and has also been involved in teaching duties as invited professor at the School of Health Sciences (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria) and Porto School of Engineering (ISEP, University of Porto). He has been invited as a speaker in national and international conferences and is reviewer of several renewed journals (e.g., Advanced Biosystems, Materials & Design, Advances in Wound Care). He is author and co-author of several papers, book chapters, and patents in additive manufacturing and electronic devices.
His research aims at developing bioengineered hydrogels that closely mimic the biophysical and biochemical features of cell microenvironment as biomimetic platforms for biomedical applications. By exploring bioprinting technologies and smart hydrogels, is research focuses on the fabrication of advanced 3D in vitro skin models as biologically functional platforms to address relevant challenges in skin healthcare.

Selected Publications

Pereira R.F., Sousa A., Barrias C.C., Bártolo P.J., Granja P.L.,
A single-component hydrogel bioink for bioprinting of bioengineered 3D constructs for dermal tissue engineering. Materials Horizons5(6):1100-1111, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 16] [IF: 14,4]
DOI: 10.1039/c8mh00525g SCOPUS: 85055847804. .

Pereira R.F., Barrias C.C., Bártolo P.J., Granja P.L.,
Cell-instructive pectin hydrogels crosslinked via thiol-norbornene photo-click chemistry for skin tissue engineering. Acta Biomaterialia66:282-293, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 34] [IF: 6,6]
DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.11.016 SCOPUS: 85034850058. .

Pereira R., Carvalho A., Vaz D.C., Gil M.H., Mendes A., Bártolo P.,
Development of novel alginate based hydrogel films for wound healing applications. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules52(1):221-230, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 154] [IF: 3,1]
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2012.09.031 SCOPUS: 84869222321. .

Pereira R.F., Barrias C.C., Granja P.L., Bartolo P.J.,
Advanced biofabrication strategies for skin regeneration and repair. Nanomedicine8(4):603-621, 2013. [Journal: Review] [CI: 144] [IF: 5,8]
DOI: 10.2217/nnm.13.50 SCOPUS: 84875943184. .

Pereira R.F., Bártolo P.J.,
3D bioprinting of photocrosslinkable hydrogel constructs. Journal of Applied Polymer Science132(48):, 2015. [Journal: Review] [CI: 70] [IF: 1,9]
DOI: 10.1002/app.42458 SCOPUS: 84942292764. .