Joana Moreira Marques graduated at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (UP), holding a Bachelor (2014) and Master's Degree (2016) in Biochemistry. During the third year of BSc course, she worked in the Iron and Innate Immunity group at IBMC, studying the importance of oxygen and nitrogen radical species in the Leishmania infantum infection in mice. During her master thesis she worked in the neurosciences field, namely in the Nerve Regeneration group, where she studied the role of Profilin in axon growth and regeneration, under the supervision of Prof. Mónica Sousa. Part of the works developed in the BSc and MSc projects resulted in two scientific publications and also a patent.
From 2017 to 2019, Joana worked at a pharmaceutical company in Coimbra, namely in the Stabilities Studies Department, performing stability studies on drugs under different controlled temperature and humidity conditions, with focus on HPLC analysis.
Throughout her career, Joana has acquired skills in a variety of celular and molecular biology techniques, particularly in protein extraction, cell culture, cell transfection, immunofluorescence, immunocytochemistry, western blot, histological techniques, rodents handling, as well as analytical techniques (high performance liquid chromatography, HPLC and gas chromatography, GC).
Currently, Joana is pursuing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at INEB/i3S under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Sarmento and co-supervision of Prof. Domingos Ferreira (FFUP) and Prof. Helena Florindo (iMed.U.Lisboa, FFUL). Some of her current research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, pharmaceutical nanotechnology, nanomedicines and targeted drug delivery.