EWMA Conference 2019

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Alexandra Marques

Council member:

Ph.D.

Current Position:

Vice-Director of the 3B’s Research Group, University of Minho, Portugal

Education

  • 2004: PhD in Materials Science & Technology – Specific area of Biomaterials, Department of Polymer Engineering/ Department of Clinical Engineering, Univ. of Minho/Univ. of Liverpool, Portugal/UK
  • 1999: Scholar part of the Biomedical Engineering master/doctoral programme, Faculty of Engineering, Univ. of Porto, Portugal
  • 1997: Degree in Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Porto, Portugal.

 Current positions

  • 2016 - : Vice-Director of the 3B’s Research Group, University of Minho, Portugal
  • 2015 - : Principal Investigator under the framework of IF Programme, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2015 -: Co-director of the doctoral Program in Advanced Therapies for Health, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2017 - : Associate Editor of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Previous positions and duties

  • 2014-2015: Invited Principal Investigator under the scope of ERC Advanced Grant ComplexiTE, University of Minho, Portugal (7 months)
  • 2010-2012: Elected delegate of the Researchers in the Scientific Council of the School of engineering, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2009-2014: Assistant Researcher under the framework of the National “Compromisso com a Ciência” Programme, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2007-2009: Invited Assistant Researcher under the scope of the Network of Excellence EXPERTISSUES, 3B’s Research Group, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2009-2016: Assistant Editor of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • 2005-2006: Assistant Professor at University “Fernando Pessoa”, Porto, Portugal
  • 2004-2006: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 3B’s Research Group, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
  • 2000-2004: PhD student, Univ. of Minho, Portugal and Univ. Liverpool, UK
  • 1998: Trainee at Department of Clinical Engineering, Univ. Liverpool, UK
  • 1997: Graduation Trainee, “Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar”, Univ. Porto, Portugal.

Research activities

 

  • Supervision of students and postdoctoral fellows

 

She has been supervising 10 final year projects of under-graduated students, 7 Master projects (2 ongoing), 14 PhDs (7 ongoing) and 11 Post-Doctoral fellows (5 ongoing). She has been supervising visiting PhD students resulting from different International Collaborations from Brasil, Spain, Korea, China and Greece. Currently she manages a research team of 5 graduate students, 3 Post-doctoral Fellows and 2 assistant researchers dedicated to the activities of projects she coordinates.

 

  • Participation in projects

 

As PI she was awarded €1 998 939 with an ERC Consolidator Grant, €199 900 with an M-ERA.NET 2016 and €224 976 in FCT projects. As Co-PI obtained €993 000 in a H2020-TWINN-2015 and €399 934 in a M-ERA.NET 2012 project. Alexandra P. Marques has been also participated in the proposal preparation and research team of National granted Projects corresponding to a total budget of about 9.3M€ and EC projects corresponding to a total budget of over 12.5M€.

Regarding the financing of human resources, Alexandra P. Marques has been awarded as a supervisor or as co-supervisor 13 PhD and 5 Post-doc scholarships (corresponding to about 1M€), to which can be added her personal career supporting grants at National level in a total amount of €400 000.

 

  • Publications

 

Alexandra P. Marques is co-editor of the Skin tissue models book, Elsevier (2017) and of the Handbook Natural-based Polymers for Biomedical Applications, Woodhead Pub (2008), and author of 191 publications: 87 peer-reviewed, 15 book chapters, 89 ISI indexed conference abstracts and proceedings and more than 200 communications in major conferences of the field. In addition she is co-inventor of 3 patents and has also filled in 2 more applications. She has an h-factor of 28, was cited more than 2850 times, 2548 without self-citations (April 2018, ISI Web of Knowledge).

Fellowships and awards

 

  • 2017- 2022: ERC Consolidator Grant, European Research Council
  • 2015-2020: Career Development Grant under the framework of the Portuguese National Programme “IF 2014”
  • 2009-2014: Career Starting grant under the framework of the Portuguese National Programme “Compromisso com a Ciência”
  • 2005-2007: Post-Doctoral grant awarded by the POCTI Programme from Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology                               
  • 2008: Travel award from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • 2003: Honorary mention awarded by The Society for Biomaterials, 29th Annual Meeting of The Society for Biomaterials, Reno, Nevada, USA
  • 2000: Student prize at “Tate- The Art of Tissue Engineering Seminar and Workshop, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2000-2004: PhD grant awarded by the PRAXIS XXI Program from Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
  • 1998: Scholarship awarded by the European Program Leonardo da Vinci for a six months training at Department of Clinical Engineering, Univ. of Liverpool, UK.

 

Roles in scientific societies and meetings

Alexandra P. Marques is member of several International Scientific Organizations. She has been actively participating in the activities of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and the Portuguese Society for Stem Cells and Cellular Therapy (SPCE-TC, founder member and coordinator of the Section Cell Therapies and Tissue Engineering -2011/2012). She was part of the organizing committee of the 2008 TERMIS-EU meeting held in Porto, and was member of the scientific committee and of the International Advisory Board of different TERMIS-EU and TERMIS World meetings, as well as of the European Society for Biomaterials. She was Chair of the 5th International Meeting of the SPCE-TC (2010) and of the Gen2Skin and TERMSTEM International Conferences (2016) and Gene2Skin Winter (2017) and Summer (2018) Schools. She was also (Co)-Chair of different symposia at the 3rd and 4th TERMIS World Congress, XXXVIII Congress of the ESAO and IV Biennial Congress of the IFAO, at the 2014 TERMIS-Asia Pacific and TERMIS-EU Meetings (from 2015). She was invited as lecturer of several National and International Conferences, Courses and Workshops (40 in total) and of different National Integrated Master and Doctoral Programmes.