Helena Almeida completed the Integrated Master’s in Biomedical Engineering in 2019, at the University of Minho, with a major on Biomaterials, Rehabilitation and Biomechanics. Her thesis project consisted on studying tissue engineering strategies involving structural and biochemical cues to emulate tendon's native micro-environment and their impact on the tenogenic commitment of stem cells. This was carried out at the I3B’s Research Group (University of Minho, Portugal) and at the Weiss Lab (The University of Sydney, Australia).
Helena is now a PhD candidate at INEB/i3S (2020) and integrates the Nanomedicines and Translational Drug Delivery group, where she works under the supervision of Dr. José das Neves and co-supervision of Prof. Bruno Sarmento. Her research focus relies on exploiting the potential of biomaterials for biomedical applications, namely for the oral administration of therapeutic peptides.