Prof. Francisco Malcata

Francisco Malcata is a full Professor of Chemical Engineering, co-Director of Integrated Master on Bioengineering and member of its Scientific Board, and Portuguese Delegate to HORIZON 2020 in the societal challenge 2 on food and aquatic research.


Prof. Manuel Simões

Manuel Simões studied Biological Engineering and received a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Minho. He is currently Assistant Professor and member of the LEPABE in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. His main research interests are currently focused on biofilm science and engineering, particularly on the mechanisms of biofilm formation and their control with antimicrobial agents.


Prof. Cláudio Sunkel

Is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the Biomedical Institute of University of Porto (ICBAS). His laboratory is mostly devoted to the study cell division and of the mechanisms involved in maintaining genomic stability in higher eukaryotes where he has made major contributions to the identification and study of the molecular players involved in cell division. Started these studies during his posdoctoral work at Imperial College, UK, and later continued in Porto. Has published over 100 original peer review articles, supervised 24 PhD students and many postdocs.  Teaches Molecular Genetics for Biochemistry and Bioengineering BsC Major at ICBAS, University of Porto and is responsible for the PhD Program on Cell and Molecular Biology. Obtained a First Degree Honors in Biology (1979) and a Ph.D. in Genetics (1983) from Sussex University, UK. Was born in Santiago, Chile, 1958. Has been nominated for many national and international positions. He is the Director of the Institute of Molecular Cellular Biology (IBMC) and head of the Molecular Genetics Group at the same institute.  Currently he is Vice-Director of the i3s (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto). He is a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization since 2000, was Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (2007-2010), Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council (2010-2012) and Chair of the EMBL Council (2013-2016). Currently is a member of the Wellcome Trust-India Alliance fellowship selection committee (2014-2017). During 2007-2008 was the National Coordinator for the Evaluation of Research Units by the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal.


Prof. Pedro Granja

Pedro L. Granja was born in 1970, in Porto, Portugal. His high school studies took place in Porto, Portugal, and São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Porto (UP) in 1993 and obtained his PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2001 as a result of studies carried out at INEB Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (UP) and INSERM U.1026 BIOTIS (University of Bordeaux, France). He carried out post-doctoral studies at INEB, was visiting scientist at the University of Michigan (USA, 2004) and Invited Professor at the University Paris 13 (France, 2009). He is presently Scientific Coordinator of INEB, Deputy Coordinator of the Host Interaction and Response Program at i3S Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Invited Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of UP (FEUP), and Affiliated Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS, Faculty of Medicine). His research interests lie at the intersection between materials science, biology and medicine, namely on the development of biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His main research focus is on the molecular design of biofunctional hydrogels as artificial 3D extracellular matrices by mimicking some of its key natural features. He received the 2006 Jean Leray Award by the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) and is internationally reputed as founder (1998) and Editor-in-Chief of the Biomaterials Network (, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biomatter. He serves as expert for several national and international funding agencies, organizations and companies. So far he has authored more than 63 articles in international journals, 2 books, 10 book chapters, 2 patents and presented over 140 invited lectures worldwide. At present he has an h-index of 25 (Google Scholar) and his publications have been cited almost 2000 times.


Prof. Luís Vieira

Luís Mira Vieira is connected to the MIB since the implementation of the Course in 2006 as a lecturer and currently also a member of the Monitoring Committee and Coordinator of Mobility for the areas of Biochemistry and Bioengineering in ICBAS-UP. He has a Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Branch Industrial Pharmacy, in Organic and Technological Chemistry and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, always working in the area of Chemistry of Natural Products. Currently continues to develop his research work in the area of natural products from plants in the Department of Chemistry ICBAS-UP.


Prof. Nuno Azevedo

Nuno Azevedo obtained his degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University  of Minho (UMinho), Portugal. He then finished his PhD on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the same institution. After holding a Post-doctoral position at the

UMinho and the University of Southampton (UK) for 4 years, he started a Faculty Research Fellow position at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in June 2009.

Nuno Azevedo’s main research interests are to understand the population dynamics in biofilms and explore the potential of peptide nucleic acids (PNA) and other nucleic acid mimics for rapid localization and detection of microorganisms. In order to better explore the commercial applications of PNA, he was the co-founder of BioMode – Biomolecular Determination SA, a company that has raised 1.6 million € in venture  capital investment in 2014. During his career as a researcher/entrepreneur he has  received several awards including the BES 2012 Innovation prize in the panel of Food and Natural Resources.


Prof. Inês Gonçalves

Inês C. Gonçalves graduated in Microbiology from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2003. She got her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto in 2009. Her thesis was based on biomaterials for blood contact, focusing on the development of molecularly engineered self-assembled monolayers and polymers to bind albumin and reduce thrombus formation in cardiovascular devices. The work was developed at INEB (Biomedical Engineering Institute), in Porto, and at UWEB (University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials), in Seattle.

Between 2010 and 2013 was Post-Doc at INEB and IPATIMUP, focusing her work on biomaterials to prevent gastric cancer, developing glycosylated mucoadhesive microspheres to eliminate gastric infection caused by Helicobacter pylori. In 2013 was hired as researcher by INEB, continuing this line of work, and developing a new area of research using graphene-based biomaterials for different biomedical applications.

She has been involved in 9 research projects, 3 of them as principal investigator, co-organized 9 national/international conferences and is coordinator of the initiative “Porto de Crianças” at INEB that aims to provide primary school children a first contact with science.

Inês Gonçalves is also Invited Assistant Professor at FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of Porto University (since 2010) and at ICBAS – Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (since 2013), lecturing in BioEngineering Integrated Master (MIB) and Biomedical Engineering Master.

She is the author of 18 papers in top specialty international journals and has one filled international patent. She has given over 35 oral communications and presented over 25 posters in international conferences. She has supervised/co-supervised 6 MSc thesis, and is currently supervising 2 MSc thesis and co-supervising two PhD theses. Her work has been recognized with 6 national and international awards, including “Pulido Valente Science Prize 2006” and “Medal of Honor L’Oreal for women in science 2013.


Prof. João Paulo Cunha

João P. Silva Cunha is Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto (UP) and senior researcher at  INESC-TEC Associate Laboratory ( where he created the BRAIN – Biomedical Research And INnovation – research group and co-founded the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research (C-BER) that aggregates ~30 researchers.

Prof. Cunha earned a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (1989), a Ph.D. (1996) and an “Agregação” (2009) in Electrical Engineering all at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He is Senior Member of the IEEE (2004) where he joined the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 1986 as a student member. He presently serves as Scientific Director of the Carnegie-Mellon | Portugal program ( where he is a faculty since 2007, and as the coordinator of the Center of Competencies for the Future Cities of UP. His R&D activities are focused in Neuro-Engineering and Advanced Human Sensing technologies. Prof. Cunha is co-author of more than 250 scientific publications, holding an h-index of 15.


Prof. Jaime Cardoso

Jaime S. Cardoso holds a Licenciatura (5-year degree) in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1999, an MSc in Mathematical Engineering in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Computer Vision in 2006, all from the University of Porto. Cardoso is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and the leader of the ‘Information Processing and Pattern Recognition’ Area in the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia of INESC TEC. His scientific research can be summed up in three major topics: computer vision (image and video analysis and processing), machine learning and decision support systems. Image and video processing focuses on medical images, biometrics and video object tracking for applications such as surveillance and sports. The work on machine learning cares mostly with the adaptation of learning to the challenging conditions presented by visual data. The particular emphasis of the work in decision support systems goes to medical applications, always anchored on the automatic analysis of visual data. Cardoso has co-authored 150+ papers, 45+ of which in international journals.