About the Researchers

Learn more about the Early Stage Researchers involved in the SurfSAFE project!

Ana Azevedo

Ph.D. Student

Profile: Ana obtained her BSc in Biology and Geology and MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Minho, Portugal. During her career, she became interested in producing recombinant proteins using a biofilm system. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Biofilm Engineering Lab, and her research aims to produce recombinant proteins and other value-added compounds resorting to Escherichia coli biofilms.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, she gained knowledge on the design, manufacture, and characterisation of biomimetic surfaces at Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMet) and on the analysis of microbial interactions and horizontal gene transfer on biomimetic surfaces by CLSM (confocal laser scanning microscopy) and flow cytometry at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). 

Fábio Carvalho

Ph.D. Student

Profile: Fábio obtained his MSc in Bioengineering (specialisation in Biological Engineering) from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. During his career, he became interested in surface coatings and antimicrobial materials to reduce bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation in biomedical and industrial settings. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Biofilm Engineering Lab, and his research aims to control microbial and organic fouling in the food industry by using biomimetic surfaces.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, he worked on the design, manufacture, and characterisation of biomimetic surfaces at Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMet).

Marta Lima

Ph.D. Student

Profile: Marta obtained her MSc in Bioengineering (specialisation in Biological Engineering) from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. During her career, she became interested in biofilm formation and analysis, bio-based coatings, and antimicrobial and antibiofilm surfaces. Marta is currently a Ph.D. student within the Biofilm Engineering Group, and her research aims to produce and characterise chitosan-based surfaces with antimicrobial and antifouling properties for application in marine environments.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, she learned to manufacture and test the antifouling performance of biomimetic surfaces at the Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMet), and evaluated the effect of conditioning films and microbial interactions on biofilm development at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), respectively.

Maria João Romeu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Profile: Maria recently obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal. She has been working on the development, control, virulence, and resistance of food and marine biofilms. In addition, she focused on the analysis of biofilm structure and composition. Maria João is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Biofilm Engineering Group, and her work aims to evaluate the effect of different hydrodynamic conditions and surface properties on cyanobacterial biofilm development.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, she gained experience in biofilm structure imaging using OCT (optical coherence tomography) at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and in the analysis of microbial interactions on biomimetic surfaces by CLSM (confocal laser scanning microscopy) at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).

Marisa Gomes

Ph.D. Student

Profile: Marisa Gomes obtained her BSc in Applied Biology and MSc in Bioengineering from University of Minho, Portugal. During her career, she became interested in biofilm science, particularly in the study of biofilm inactivation. She is currently a Ph.D. student within the Biofilm Engineering Group, and her research aims to produce surface-modified carbon nanotube/ polydimethylsiloxane composites with improved antibiofilm activity against common bacterial uropathogens. The ultimate goal of her work is to develop antimicrobial/anti-adhesive coating materials for application in urinary tract devices.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, she learned to manufacture and characterise biomimetic surfaces at Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMet), and studied the effect of conditioning films on the antifouling performance of these novel surfaces and biofilm reology at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

Francisca Cardoso

Ph.D. Student

Profile: Francisca obtained her BSc and MSc in Bioengineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal. She is recently a Ph.D. student in the Biofilm Engineering Lab, and her research is focused on the application of graphene composites to prevent biofilm development and encrustation in ureteral stents.

Achievements: In the framework of the SurfSAFE project, she gained expertise on single- and multi-species biofilm formation assays at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).