Catarina I P Chaparro

Research fellow

SBMG - Soft and Biofunctional Materials Group
Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais - DCM
CENIMAT/i3N associated laboratory
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, FCT/UNL
2829-516 Caparica, Portugal

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Catarina received her Master degree in Biotechnology from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in 2017. Recently she was the winner of a Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro/Pfizer fellowship with the project: “Development of a theranostic system for breast cancer based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles”, under the supervision of Dr. Paula Soares, Prof. Dr. João Paulo Borges and Prof. Dr. Paula Videira from Life Sciences Department (FTC/NOVA).
The aim of this project is to obtain superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) composed by a magnetic core and an organic surface coating functionalized with specific targeting agent, in this case a monoclonal antibody, for breast cancer diagnosis (as MRI contrast agents) and therapy (able to generate heat by magnetic hyperthermia).

Main research interest: Combination of cancer diagnosis and treatment in a single nanoplatform.