Where Ideas grow
Sofia Barros
PhD Student

I successfully completed my Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, at the Universidade da Beira Interior in 2018 , with the dissertation entitled "2D and 3D in vitro tumour models for drug screening". My research experience started in 2014, during my BSc in Biomedical Sciences, as an extracurricular activity, in a "science volunteer group", where I became able to disseminate different types of science to different target audiences as well as learn and refine various methodologies. After that, I was a voluntary research trainee at the Centro de Investigação em Ciências da Saúde (CICS), in the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering group, where I could learn and help in some work involving 2D and 3D (spheroids) in vitro cell culture models. It was in the same research group that I developed my Master's dissertation. During my dissertation, I could study the therapeutic effect and the synergistic potential of the Doxorubicin:Resveratrol (DOX:RES) combination towards 2D and 3D pancreatic cancer cell culture models. After that, I was selected for a research grant at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S), at the Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery group, under the supervision of Professor PhD Bruno Sarmento. Since I joined the institute, I have grown a lot, both personally and professionally. I have had the privilege of learning and perfecting a lot of techniques as well as performing in vitro and in vivo assays. I had also the opportunity to take the Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science (functions (A) and (D)- mice and rats specific). My path in science is still in the beginning and I hope that I can improve it during my PhD.