Where Ideas grow
Ana Margarida Carvalho
MSc Student

I am currently in the 5th year of the Integrated Master in Bioengineering, Molecular Biotechnology branch, at FEUP and ICBAS-UP.

From February to July 2020, I have done an Erasmus+ internship at the MERLN Institute, Maastricht University, under the supervision of Dr Aart van Apeldoorn. The research group is trying to find a cure to type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) by developing an artificial pancreas using transplanted pancreatic islets from deceased donors. My work mainly focused on comparing the efficacy of different drug strategies available in the literature to improve the outcomes of the clinical islet transplantation procedure and their suitability for future preclinical and clinical trials.

Now at i3S, during my master thesis, I will be working towards the development of a bioengineered pancreas using iPSCs to treat T1D.

Besides Regenerative Medicine, I am also very enthusiastic about Science Communication, and I am always looking for new opportunities to learn.