Where Ideas Grow
Cátia Lopes
In 2010 I received my graduation in Anatomia Patológica, Citológica e Tanatológica from Escola Superior de Saúde of Porto (ESS-P.Porto). After a period of 16 months as research assistant in the Biomaterials for Neurosciences group, at INEB, I started my doctoral studies in the field of Neurosciences working in the nanoBiomaterials for Targeted Therapies (nBTT) group, at INEB. My doctoral studies focused on the development and evaluation of neuron-targeted biocompatible nanoparticles designed to provide in situ and in a targeted manner the required signals for nervous tissue regeneration and/or neuroprotection. In 2017, I received my PhD degree in Neurosciences from the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto (FMUP). My general research interests include neuro-regeneration; gene-based therapy, targeted gene delivery systems; nanotechnology; biomaterials; regenerative medicine.

Selected Publications

Lopes C.D.F., Gonçalves N.P., Gomes C.P., Saraiva M.J., Pêgo A.P.,
BDNF gene delivery mediated by neuron-targeted nanoparticles is neuroprotective in peripheral nerve injury. Biomaterials121:83-96, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 37] [IF: 8,8]
DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.12.025 SCOPUS: 85008958194.

Leiro V., Duque Santos S., Lopes C.D.F., Paula Pêgo A.,
Dendrimers as Powerful Building Blocks in Central Nervous System Disease: Headed for Successful Nanomedicine. Advanced Functional Materials28(12):, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 14] [IF: 15,6]
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201700313 SCOPUS: 85019665316.

Gomes C.P., Lopes C.D.F., Leitner M., Ebner A., Hinterdorfer P., Pêgo A.P.,
Atomic Force Microscopy as a Tool to Assess the Specificity of Targeted Nanoparticles in Biological Models of High Complexity. Advanced Healthcare Materials6(21):, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 5] [IF: 5,6]
DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201700597 SCOPUS: 85026363665.

Lopes C.D.F., Oliveira H., Estevão I., Pires L.R., Pêgo A.P.,
In vivo targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons mediated by neurotropic poly(ethylene imine)-based nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanomedicine11:2675-2683, 2016. [Journal: Article] [CI: 7] [IF: 4,3]
DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S104374 SCOPUS: 84973441041.

Lopes C.D.F., Gomes C.P., Neto E., Sampaio P., Aguiar P., Pêgo A.P.,
Microfluidic-based platform to mimic the in vivo peripheral administration of neurotropic nanoparticles. Nanomedicine11(24):3205-3221, 2016. [Journal: Article] [CI: 6] [IF: 4,7]
DOI: 10.2217/nnm-2016-0247 SCOPUS: 84998705753.

Gomes C.P., Varela-Moreira A., Leiro V., Lopes C.D.F., Moreno P.M.D., Gomez-Lazaro M., Pêgo A.P.,
A high-throughput bioimaging study to assess the impact of chitosan-based nanoparticle degradation on DNA delivery performance. Acta Biomaterialia46:129-140, 2016. [Journal: Article] [CI: 5] [IF: 6,3]
DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.09.037 SCOPUS: 84992170399.

Lopes C.D., Gomez-Lazaro M., Pêgo A.P.,
Seeing is believing but quantifying is deciding. Nanomedicine10(15):2307-2310, 2015. [Journal: Review] [CI: 5] [IF: 4,9]
DOI: 10.2217/nnm.15.101 SCOPUS: 84940553745.

Gomes C.P., Ferreira Lopes C.D., Duarte Moreno P.M., Varela-Moreira A., Alonso M.J., Pêgo A.P.,
Translating chitosan to clinical delivery of nucleic acid-based drugs. MRS Bulletin39(1):60-70, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 23] [IF: 5,7]
DOI: 10.1557/mrs.2013.314 SCOPUS: 84892752631.

Amaral I.F., Neiva I., Ferreira Da Silva F., Sousa S.R., Piloto A.M., Lopes C.D.F., Barbosa M.A., Kirkpatrick C.J., Pêgo A.P.,
Endothelialization of chitosan porous conduits via immobilization of a recombinant fibronectin fragment (rhFNIII7-10). Acta Biomaterialia9(3):5643-5652, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 15] [IF: 5,7]
DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2012.10.029 SCOPUS: 84873199566.