Catarina Costa

Catarina Costa has a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, UTAD, having completed her final project - funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - on the synthesis of new squaraine dyes, evaluating their potential as fluorescent probes for detecting HSA, and in photodynamic therapy against cancer, an application she explored during an internship at CICS, UBI. She is currently in the first year of the Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at FFUP, aspiring to enter the pharmaceutical industry and to explore new areas of interest, such as Bioengineering and Materials Chemistry.

Duarte Monteiro

Duarte Monteiro is a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and currently a student of Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering. He exhibits interest in various scientific areas, such as theory of computation, electronics and energy, while also maintaining a healthy relationship with adventure sports, an area where he worked for some years.

Patrícia Silva

Patrícia Silva is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). During this journey, divided between the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S) and Imperial College London, she developed her thesis focused on creating 3D in vitro models that mimic breast tissue to recreate interactions between tumor cells and their microenvironment to better understand tumor metastasis. In the last year, she decided to venture into entrepreneurship through LeGut, a device for detecting food intolerances, winning three acceleration programs.

Marta Redondo

Marta Redondo completed the Integrated Master's Degree in Bioengineering in 2020, with a specialization in Molecular Biotechnology at the Faculty of Engineering of the U.Porto (FEUP) in partnership with the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS). During her academic career she participated in several research projects in the area of health, biomaterials and tissue engineering. Currently, her work focuses on the development of antimicrobial microparticles to minimize contamination in wastewater treatment processes.

Hélder Cunha

Hélder Cunha graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). He is currently in the first year of the Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the same institution, specializing in Machine Design. With professional experience, he has been involved in the project of a precision cutting machine at Optima-Equipamentos CNC.

António Miguel Martins

António Miguel Martins is a 1st-year student of the Master of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Machine Design at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Having a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution, António Miguel has previous experience from an internship at CEiiA, where he was in charge of the project: "Development and Evaluation of a Test Rig for a Bicycle Handlebar". He aspires to innovate in the field of competitive cycling.

José Pedro Ligeiro

José Pedro Vasconcelos Ligeiro has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. At the moment, he's enroled in the second year of a Master's Programme in Innovation & Technological Entrepreneurship, in the same instituition. Highly curious and fascinated by his field, Pedro joins U.Porto Inovação to earn experience in the technology transfer world.

Andrea Arboleda

Andrea Arboleda is a project manager & tech strategy specialist with a keen. With a rich background in business expansion, risk management, and legal expertise, Andrea excels in leading complex, is Fluent in multiple languages and armed with proficiency in various tech tools. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management, Andrea's goal is to optimize home care services through innovative economic approaches.

Joana Marques

Joana Marques holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry (FCUP) and is a PhD candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (FFUP), developing her research work at i3S. Recently she did an 8-month internship at Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands), in the scope of her PhD project. She has worked for almost 2 years in a pharmaceutical company (Bluepharma), having now several years of experience in R&D.

Francisca Sousa Cardoso

Francisca has a bachelor’s and a master's degree in Bioengineering - Biological Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. She currently works as an early-stage researcher at LEPABE, focusing on the use of carbon materials to minimize bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on medical devices, namely urinary catheters.

Francisco Alves

Francisco Alves is a student of the Integrated Masters in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. Passionate about creativity supported by theory, he joined the U.Porto Inovação team as a way to be more involved with scientific pioneering. In his spare time he enjoys a good run, a game of chess or the company of a good book.

Rita Gaspar

Rita Gaspar is currently synthesizing compounds with potential depigmenting activity, as part of her master’s thesis in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto. She graduated in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Aveiro, an institution that allowed her to contact with the Start Up Piauhy Labs, a company with which she collaborated in the R&D team. She was also involved in the Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Project “Severe”, supported by the Erasmus+ Program.

Tiago Teixeira

Tiago holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. He is currently in the first year of the Master in Automation, and technology and innovation are the areas that most interest him. With everything open for the dissertation for the year ahead, he is looking for the perfect subject, probably in the field of computation.

Pedro Ferreira

Pedro Ferreira holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto Faculty of Engineering. He is currently a master's student in Mechanical Engineering in the field of Aeronautical and Vehicle Structures, at the same institution, working on his master's thesis focused on composite laminated materials, finite element method and fracture mechanics.

Rita Alfenim

Rita Alfenim is a student of the Master in Nanomaterials Science and Technology, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. Her bachelor’s degree is in Chemistry, from the same institution. In the third year of her bachelor’s degree, Rita had the opportunity to explore the research environment while developing her project in the Medicinal Chemistry area. Currently, she is developing her master’s dissertation in the Nanomedicine field, by producing nanoparticles for drug delivery in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Rosa Caldeira

Rosa Caldeira holds a degree in Psychology from Instituto Superior da Maia and graduated in 2005. For 16 years she worked in the field of international logistics, having specialized herself in international trade and interpersonal relationships. Currently, she gives professional training in personal development, and is also creating a social project, taking into account the needs of the loneliest population.

Maria Grácio

Maria Grácio is a master’s student in Engineering Physics at the Faculty of Sciences and at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. She has a bachelor's degree in Technological Physics, from the same institution. Currently, she’s finishing her dissertation in magnetic tunnel junctions for energy harvesting. During the master, she had the opportunity to do an internship at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), gaining experience in micro and nanofabrication of devices. 

Carlos Brochado

Carlos Brochado is a student of the integrated master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at FFUP. During his academic career he participated in entrepreneurship competitions (EIT Health Innovation Day, Pharma Start & Solve, Rush Game in Pharmaceutical Marketing, The eHealth Lab) in which he developed knowledge in the area of marketing, management and innovation. Member of the Rotaract Club of Felgueiras since 2019, currently holding the position of secretary, helping the association to develop activities and relevant projects to the community.


Diana Guimarães

Diana Guimarães is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Porto. Her professional experience includes working as a Research Fellow as well as Invited Assistant Lecturer at the University of Porto and the role of Embedded Systems Engineer in the automotive industry. Her main interests are real-time embedded distributed systems and wearable technology.

José Almeida

After obtaining his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, José started his PhD in Sustainable Chemistry at LAQV-REQUIMTE (FCUP) in 2018, where he focused on the sustainable synthesis of new drugs for the photodynamic therapy of cancer. In 2020, under a Fulbright fellowship supported by the FCT, he studied the photocytotoxic effects of these drugs at Louisiana State University, USA. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis.

Rui Rachão

Rui Rachão is a BSc graduate of "Chemistry with Complementary Formation Centered in Chemistry" (2021) by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP). As an undergraduate, he integrated research groups from distinct chemistry-related fields, such as computational biochemistry (protein structure) or organic synthesis (BSc thesis in flavylium chemistry). Currently, Rui is a student of the MSc "Applications in Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology" in the same institution (FCUP).

Filipe Marques

Faro, 1991. Ph.D. candidate in Biotechnology (ICBAS/FFUP) with a Biochemistry background. 9+ years of research experience in food chemistry, immunology, and genetic engineering of bacteria. Former member of the Biochemistry Students’ Forum. Former Erasmus+ intern at Saarland University, Germany. Actively engaged in events, training, and projects on entrepreneurship and innovation in health (EIT Health, BIP2020 “Biogadgets”). Co-developed and hosts a training course on multidisciplinary experimentation projects (Biolab, ICBAS).

Rita Bugalhão

Rita Bugalhão holds a Bachelor in Technological Physics and is a Master Student in Physics Engineering, both at the University of Porto. While being a student, she was an intern on different occasions at IFIMUP, where she is, now, researching thermomagnetic and triboelectric materials within the scope of her master’s thesis. Besides that, she has been President and Treasurer at the Physics, Physics Engineering and Astronomy Students Association of FCUP and Treasurer of PLANCKS 2021. Currently, she is Coordinator of the Employment Department at AEFCUP and will soon take office as a member of FCUP’s Representatives Council.

Cristina Pereira

Cristina Pereira is a Master's student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, in the field of automation. She is currently working in a thesis in the field of automation/energy on the application of a centralized energy storage system for a micro-grid community. She is a member of the image and communication department of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student core (NEEEC).


Beatriz is a master’s student in Engineering Physics at the Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. She has a multidisciplinary knowledge in the fields of mathematics, physics, semiconductors, lasers, technological tools and computing. Beatriz was once a firefighter and a waitress, took part in various international physics conferences and organized activities dedicated to physics students.

Lena Rauschenbach

Lena Rauschenbach graduated in B.Sc. Business Education & Management Training at Leipzig University in 2020. Previously, she worked as a brand ambassador in the name of companies, such as Toyota and Daimler for more than four years. Receiving the zis scholarship in 2016 she was able to realize her project about young Slovakians and their opinion about the EU. Ever since she has a growing interest in mobility programs and intercultural exchanges. Currently, she's also doing an internship at the Business Development department at UPTEC.

Rafaela Pinto

Rafaela is a student of the Master´s in Communication and Management of Creative Industries at the University of Porto. She graduated with a Bachelor in Social Communication with a degree in Public Relations from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS / Brazil) in 2014. 2019 saw her start her MBA in Strategic Business Management at PUCRS and she taught Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes to high school students as a volunteer mentor. She has worked in the Communication and Marketing field for nine years and has experience working in large and diverse companies in Brazil.


Maria Antónia Nunes is a PhD student (Pharmaceutical Sciences - Nutrition and Food Science Specialty) at FF-UP. She holds a MSc in Consumer Sciences (FC-UP), a Degree in Nutritional Sciences (FCNA-UP) and a Degree in Nursing (ESEBB). She has professional experience and skills in Food Industry, Food Security, and Health Services as well as in Environmental and Quality Management Systems and Audits. Over the last years, she just devoted herself to Research focusing on innovative processes to recover bioactive compounds from agro-industry with impact in health and R&D of new products. 

João Fonseca

João Fonseca is a master student at the Master in Electrical Engineering at the University of Porto and his specialization is multimedia communications. He's currently enrolled in the SMC group at INESC TEC, working on his master's thesis about the multi-channel approaches for musical audio content analysis. He participated in university's student associations namely as Marketing and Sales Consultant at JuniFEUP and as a Resources Coordinator at Engenharia Rádio.,


Pedro Calonio is currently studying Physical engineering at University of Porto and he has knowlege in a broad range of subjects, such as mathematics, physics, semiconductors, nanotechnologies, optics and computational methods. He volunteered in a Porto's City Hall project called Porto Futuro, having supervised the learning of high school students. In September he will start studying on Julius-Maximilians-Universität (Germany), with emphasis on stochastic methods and statistical analysis, about which he will write his master thesis.


Engineering Physics student at FCUP that’s involved, since 2016, with ShARE UP an international think tank that develops national and international consulting projects as well as promoting discussion of current issues through talks. In the summer of the same year he got in contact with the startup world during the summer course of EIT Digital in Stockholm about IoT and entrepreneurship. Now he’s finishing his master thesis in the study of multiferroic materials using local probes, having had the chance of researching at CERN.


Tiago is a student of the Bachelor in Economics of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP) and since his first year in college he has closely contacted with today’s entrepeneurial reality: he is a FEP Junior Consulting alumnus, a junior entrepeneurship of which he was the Corporate Relations Executive Diretor, and he was also a member of the Business Case Solving club from FEP, called FICT (FEP International Case Team), where he had the opportunity of representing University of Porto at BIICC, in Oslo. Currently, he his the General-Manager of Sociedade de Debates da Universidade do Porto.

António Manso

António has a BSc. and a Master's degree in Theoretical Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. He will soon start his PhD at the University of Granada in Spain in Particle Cosmology and Physics, namely in Gravitational Waves and Inflation. He has several interests from the exact sciences, as mathematics and physics, to the dynamics of society, history and human development. He is a private tutor to students in secondary and higher education, mostly engineering students, in the basic subjects of Physics and Mathematics.

Luís Oliveira

Luís holds a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Engineering Physics from the Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (2018). He has multidisciplinary know-how in the fields of mathematics, physics, materials science, electronics, optics, and computing. Between 2017 and 2018, Luís collaborated as a trainee at CeNTI-Centre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, where he investigated the Shape Memory Alloys and developed an innovative prototype as part of his master thesis project.


Internship time: March 2019 - August 2019

Miguel Maia holds a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto (2013). He worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Stability and Validation Specialist for 5 years, and in 2019 started to dedicate himself fully to its doctoral degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at FFUP. His PhD project is focused in the design and synthesis of novel inhibitors for BACE-1, an enzyme essential to the formation of Aβ proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease.


Internship time: Julho 2018 – January 2019

Priscilla holds a PhD in Public Policies (Innovation, Intellectual Property and Development), with a background in Microbiology. She has experience in patent landscape studies, namely in drafting and technological assessment, in which she has previously been a lecturer and trainer. She was involved in technological development and quality control of viral vaccines and biopharmaceuticals – molecular biology and microbiological assays – having experienced technology transfer process in practice. Complementary training in negotiation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

João Carvalho

Internship time: December 2017 - February 2019

Nearly finishing his Communication Design Degree at ESAD, João is currently U.DREAM's Marketing Director, having also developed several design, communication and multimedia projects for national and international clients. Passionate about photography and understanding how things work, he especially enjoys getting things moving


Internship time: Janeiro 2017 – December 2018

Natacha Rosa received her Master's degree in Bioengineering with specialization in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In 2011, she explored her  interest in the nanotechnology field, through research work in two different projects. In 2012, as a result of a long standing fascination in the medical implants’ field and the increasing curiosity on the not fully comprehended world of bone biomechanics, she decided to embrace the opportunity to pursue a knowledge consolidation through a PhD, dedicated to the study of bone healing enhancement based on mechanical stimulation. Natacha Rosa is a soon to be Mechanical Engineer PhD graduate from FEUP.


Internship time: January 2017 – September 2018

Sofia Silva has a degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the Instituto Universitário da Maia and a master's degree in Psychosocial Intervention with Children, Youth and Families from the University of Minho. Currently is attending a PhD program in Clinical and Health Psychology. Since 2005, e has worked in social intervention with children, youth and families in situations of psychosocial vulnerability and has professional experience in the United States of America and Portugal. More recently, has integrate the Research Project IoGeneration - State of iodine in Portugal: role of supplementation in school units, developed by Cintesis.


Internship time: August 2018 - September 2018

Francisca graduated in Clinical and Community Psychology at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of University of Porto (2013) where, after finishing her Master, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist. She afterwards concluded a Post-Graduation on People Management at Porto Business School (2013). In Human Resources, after working at a Consultant and later on at the Startup world, both in Porto and Berlin, as a recruiter and later on as an HR Manager, she's back to the city where she was born and raised. As a parallel activity, she writes and publishes poetry, one of her biggest passions.

Mohamed Aboulaïch

Internship time: August 2018 - October 2018

Mohamed Adnan Aboulaïch has a Master degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto, Portugal (2017). Earlier, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management Sciences from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (2012). Passionate about sustainability and environmental issues, he had three years of professional experience in environmental management and ICT between Morocco, Canada, and India along with a volunteering experience in agroforestry in Bolivia.


Internship time: April 2018 – July 2018

Ana holds a master degree in Plant Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioentrepreneurship from Universidade do Minho. Ana has experience organizing scientific events, including at Universidade do Porto, while she was obtaining her degree in Biology. Since 2013, she has been involved in projects of science communication to children and young people.

Lídia Santos Fonseca

Internship time: Janeiro 2017 – July 2018

Lídia Fonseca holds a PhD in Pharmacy, specialty Microbiology, from the University of Lisbon (FF-UL). Previously, she worked for several years in academic research in the field of Virology, both in Portugal (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and Instituto de Medicina Molecular) and in the USA (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute). More recently, she has been working in consulting on national and european R&D projects (FP7 and H2020) and on the translation of scientific manuscripts. Lídia has also a BSc in Applied Chemistry - Biotechnology (FCT-UNL) and a MSc in Clinical Microbiology (FM-UL).


Internship time: November 2017 – February 2018

Francisca has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Law, with focus on Company and Business Law, awarded by the Catholic University of Portugal, and her Master’s degree dissertation was on the topic: “Patents on Biotechnology: a legal perspective”. She has been working with IP in an academic and professional environment, at a national and international level. Francisca was a Young Professional Trainee at the European Union Intellectual Property Ofice, where she worked with the Data Protection Officer and as a trade mark examiner.


Internship time: October 2017 - March 2018

Carlos is 22 years old and currently a student at MIETE (Master Degree in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship). He worked with Uniplaces, as brand ambassador, for more than a year. He also attended the previous Business Ignition Programme, initiative in which U.Porto Innovation is one of the partners, with a project named AWASer. Cláudio is always searching for new opportunities to engage in the portuguese startups and innovation ecossystem.


Internship time: December 2017 - March 2018

Cátia Barata, holds a Master's degree in Law, specializing in Forensic and Legal Sciences, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, and her Master's dissertation was held in the scope of Administrative Law, more specificaly on "The Protection of Third Parties prejudiced by changes to the Prior Notice in the Legal Regime of Urbanization and Edification". She is currently attending the second phase of the Internship of the Bar Association, being a Trainee Lawyer of Faf, Ferreira Ramos, Filomena Girão e Associados.


Internship time: October 2017 - March 2018

Rui Costa has a Master's degree in Engineering Physics at the FCUP since 2016. During his higher education, he developed the interest in entrepreneurship with the participation in contests of business ideas with the business project WEStoreOnTEX. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at FCUP in the area of functional textile for energy storage and external researcher at REQUIMTE and IFIMUP at FCUP. His scientific activity is focused in nanotechnology and production of energy storage systems.


Internship time: January 2017 – December 2017

Kerley Pires received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science (FUMEC), with specialization in Information Technology Governance (Catholic University of Brasília), master's degree in Information Systems and Knowledge Management (FUMEC), and nowadays she is a PhD candidate in Business Management at University of Porto. She have professional experience in Brazil and Portugal, since 2008, with project management in the sector of Research, Development and Innovation, and strategic project management office in the information technology sector.


Internship time: June 2017 - December 2017

Cristiana Fernandes was born in Vila Real. Student of Management degree at the Faculty of Economics of Porto (FEP), she is also a member of the Department of External Relations and of the Board of the General Assembly of FEP First Connection, a student organization based in the Faculty of Economics of Porto, whose main mission is to bring the academic world closer to the Portuguese business world. Scout for over 8 years, has been involved in several environmental and social volunteer programs. 


Internship time: November 2017 - December 2017

Isabel Pereira holds a Master Degree in Communication Sciences - Major in Culture, Heritage and Science. The desire to know and to tell stories that demonstrate the entrepreneurial capacity of the Man has guided her professional path. She has a solid background as a journalist, content producer and communication manager in the thematic areas of Science, Innovation and Technology. In recent years, she has collaborated with several projects involving University of Porto and the media (RTP, Público and Rádio Nova).


Internship time: July 2017 - October 2017

Since child age, Carlos Ferreira is passionate about health, technology and entrepreneurship. In this way, he started the Bioengineering degree at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in the year 2012, ending the same in 2017. During his degree, he had inroads by research groups of I3S and INESC-TEC. He also founded a student branch chapter of the EMBS in UP in the year 2015, being president of the same for two years.


Internship time - July 2017 - October 2017

Joana Rodrigues is a Master in Information Science by the Faculties of Engineering and Letters of the University of Porto.  Her formation allowed her to have diverse skills in the information management field, in particular regard to information systems and technologies, description, representation, organization and retrieval of information and to the indexing and analysis of content. In terms of skills and knowledges in the software application plan, these are based on the mastering of AtoM, Aleph, GISA, BIBLIObase, SQL, Access and other Office tools.


Internship time: February 2017 – October 2017

Patrícia Romeiro (PhD) has a solid academic and professional (consultancy and project management) background and experience in Economic Geography and in Innovation. She started her career as a researcher in Spain (CSIC) and she is currently linked to CEGOT-University of Porto. During this period, she was Visiting Researcher at EURICUR-University of Rotterdam and at Business School-University of Birmingham. In the last few years she has been involved in different research projects related to the Creative Industries in the Northern Portugal (Knowledge and Creative Economy, Design and Industrial Revitalization, Video game Industry).


Internship time: February 2017 – June 2017

Alexandra Coelho, born in Porto, has a master's degree and a degree in Information Science from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, respectively. Between January and June 2016, completed a curricular traineeship at the Central Library of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, under the master's thesis entitled "Indicators of Performance of University Libraries of Social and Human Sciences". Her main interests are traveling, gastronomy and culture in general.

João Moutinho

Internship time: Janeiro 2017 – April 2017

João Moutinho was born in Paris, France, in 1980. He received the B.Sc. degree, the M.Sc. degree and its Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. Since 2005, he has been in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, as a scholar researcher and as an invited Assistant Professor. He is currently involved in the process of creating a business from scientific and technological knowledge. His interests include signal processing, electroacoustics, indoor Localization and entrepreneurship.


Intership time: September 2016 – February 2017

Pedro Rebelo Tavares, natural from Albergaria-a-Velha, has a Licenciate degree in Law and a Masters degree in Business Law by Lusíada University of Porto (2013; 2015), having presented his thesis on the subject of ‘Software Intellectual Property Law in the Information Era’. He also attended postgraduate studies in Medical Law and Pharmaceutical Law at Coimbra University (2014; 2015). Nowadays, besides working as an UpinTECH, he’s finishing his internship in the portuguese bar association and is a PhD student (Lusíada Univ. of Porto), currently in the dissertation phase.


Internship time: October 2015 – February 2017

Marta Almada is a pharmacist and is currently in the last year of her PhD, in the Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy U. Porto. Soon began her interest in science, particularly under reproduction. Her PhD project aims to uncover the role of lipid mediators, the (endo)cannabinoids during decidualization process. Reproductive Biology is her passion and understanding the biomolecular mechanisms, signaling pathways and cellular changes that underpin human reproduction and impact women’s health keen her motivation.


Internship time: November 2016 – January 2017

Carolina Pereira holds a degree in Management from the Economics Faculty of Porto and a Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Has experience in the areas of Marketing, customer management and entrepreneurship. Enjoys reading, learning and doing sports. Was born in Guimarães, lived in Póvoa de Varzim, Porto, Lisbon and Berlin.

Paulo Cardoso

Internship time: May 2016 – December 2016

Paulo Cardoso is graduated in Applied Physics at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, MSc in Biomedical at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto and holds a PhD in Physics at Universidade do Minho. He has research experience in polymer nanocomposites, multiferroic magnetic nanomaterials, biomedical engineering, optical fiber sensors, lasers and magneto-optics materials. He attended short-term courses in medical physics and medical imaging and also a 2-years internship in knowledge transfer at CERN.


Internship time: February 2014 – June 2016

Born and living in Porto, Pedro attended Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP): first he studied Economics and then International Management. Since 2005, he has worked in five companies: three big ones, on telecoms and advertising; and two smaller, a cork industry and an art gallery. Together with four partners he created, in 2008, 20|21 Conservação e Restauro, a restoration company specialized in contemporary art that works for the Serralves Museum, the European Parliament and four PSI20 companies. Nowadays, he divides himself between commercializing technologies in the University of Porto and launching a project that gathers design, urbanism and local development.

João Oliveira

Internship time: July 2015 - December 2015

João Teixeira de Oliveira holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (3B's-Univ of Minho, PT / Univ of Sheffield, UK), a Master's degree in Medicine (Integrated Master's degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto) and a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. He also has a post-graduate degree in Biostatistics for Health Sciences from the Univ of Minho. He is the author / co-author of more than 30 publications in journals, book chapters and inventor / co-inventor of patents. He was Coordinating Professor of the Polytechnic Higher Education until February 2016. He is currently a medical doctor (common year internship) and a consultant in the chemical-biological area.


Internship time: October 2015 – April 2016

José Melo is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.  José started his PhD in September 2010, with the Ocean Systems Group at FEUP, and later on, in 2011 he joined the Robotics and Intelligent Systems unit of INESC TEC as a researcher. Prior to his PhD, José was also working for two years as a Software Engineer, at CERN, in Geneve, Switzerland.


Internship time: October 2015 – December 2015

Microbiologist with a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (FFUP), Sara Baptista da Silva, participated in 7 scientific projects, more than 20 training courses/seminars, co-supervised students (BSc/MSc) and received 5 awards/distinctions, including: a merit award in 2012 by the Portuguese-American Foundation, COHiTEC program (Business School, UP). The PhD thesis resulted in, several publications, and in a provisional patent application by the Innovation Office of UP. Also co-founder of Blendera®-food solutions, project created in 2011 and headquartered in the Science and Technology Park of UP (UPTEC-TECH).


Internship time: March 2015 – June de 2015

 Mariana Leão is graduated in Microbiology through ESB-UCP (2008) and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sicences-Microbiology through FFUP (2014). Currently is a researcher in the Serviço de Microbiologia from FFUP. Mariana has been always involved in the microbiology research area. Your PhD was focused in the p53 family, particularly in the development of yeast cell systems for the pharmacological screening of p53 family modulators. Your scientific activity is focused in Health Sciences, particularly in Pharmacology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Molecular and Cell Biology.


Internship time: March 2015 - July 2015

Tiago dos Santos got his degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Coimbra and his PhD in Nanomedicine, at the Centre for BionanoInteractions, Ireland. Currently, he is a postdoctoral investigator at I3S, Portugal, involved in different projects such as nanoparticle functionalization as a screening methodology for early diagnosis of invasive gastric cancer and more recently, engineering cellular models of gastric wall with the purpose of stomach regeneration.


Internship time: March 2015 - May 2015

Catarina Miranda is a Computer Sciences’ PhD candidate at PIC – FCUP and IT Porto. Holding a Master degree in Biomedical engineering since 2011, she focuses her studies in computer vision and graphics applications and business innovation.  In the past, she worked in companies like Siemens S.A. and Microsoft and was consultant of technology transfer at University of Porto Innovation.  Currently, her pursuit is to deploy on-the-fly facial animation with MoCap systems for Virtual Reality as practical applications dissolving boundaries between academy and industry.


Internship time: February 2014 – December 2014

Having concluded her Master in Bioengineering in 2013, Biological Engineering branch, and having developed her Master thesis in The Netherlands, Rita Lemos now intends to pursue an international career as a researcher. Rita is a colaborator on the technology transfer process and is mainly involved in the analysis of patenteability and the establishment of comercial contacts with potential colaborators.


Internship time: May 2014 – December 2014

João Moura graduated in Physics Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto in 2014. His MSc dissertation focused on the study of optical fiber sensors, in collaboration with INESC TEC. He attended ETH Zürich through the Erasmus Programme and participated in CERN's Summer School, integrating an anti-matter research group. He collaborated with U.Porto Inovação between May and December 2014, providing support in the technical analysis of patentability and in the commercialization of technologies developed at UP.


Internship time: February 2014 – December 2014

Diogo Baía is associated with the UPinTech program since February 2014. He graduated in Microbiology from the College of Biotechnology (Portuguese Catholic University) in 2006 and continued his training in Barcelona obtaining a Master’s degree in Immunology awarded by the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2007. Recently, October 2014, he obtained a PhD in Biomedicine from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). Diogo performs tasks related to the protection of intellectual property and licensing of technologies developed by researchers at the University that are linked with Health.


Internship time: April 2014 – November 2014

Christian Wimmler is a PhD candidate in the Sustainable Energy Systems MIT Portugal Program in Porto. His work focusses on renewable energy technologies, mainly offshore ones, energy planning and management. He graduated from the University of Applied Science Kufstein, Austria, with a BA in European Energy Business in 2010. During his BA he has also studied one year Economics and International Business Relations in Mexico. In 2011 he received a MSc with distinction in Renewable Energy Enterprise and Management from Newcastle University, UK.


Internship time: April 2014 – July 2014

Ana Cavadas holds Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto and is now working at U.Porto Inovação in the framework of the project MARECON.PT – Translating marine science into products and services for the Portuguese economy. MARECON.PT is a project in partnership with CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research that aims at the maximisation of the economic potential of the R&D results.  Ana is responsible for the screening and evaluation of technologies derived from the CIIMAR’s R&D projects. Her work aims to outline effective valorisation and commercialisation strategies, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in marine research.


Internship time: June 2012 - March 2014

Antonio do Aido works as a technology and energy consultant for multinational companies and NGOs. Leads the PowerMill project - renewable energy, mini power plants. Collaborated with U.Porto Inovação as a technology and intellectual property analyst. At CERN he worked for the CLIC project. Participated in ESA’s Parabolic Flights. ELGRA contest winner: Best European student microgravity experiment. Finalist at the ESA’s Success contest. As a young scientific researcher he worked at the FemtoLab laboratory, where he wrote his graduation thesis: Study of Slow Light effect in a Ruby Crystal. He studied Physics Engineering and Construction Engineering at the University of Porto.


Internship time: June 2013 – December 2013

Isabel Coutinho has a Degree in Biology and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, specialization in Microbiology. Isabel was an internee at U.Porto Inovação from June to December 2013, an opportunity to get more familiarized with the process of intellectual property protection. At the moment, Isabel is a postdoc in an internationally renowned laboratory at Adelaide, Australia, working on new approaches to treat prostate cancer. The translational nature of her project will definitely benefit from the tools she acquired while an internee at U.Porto Inovação.


Internship time: May 2013 - October 2013

Bruno Moreira has studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minho and has a specialization in Medical Electronics. He developed his master's thesis at Universität Freiburg, under the ERASMUS program. He began his professional career as an assistant researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB), developing a screening tool for Fabry's disease using chromatography images. He is now working at Creative Bitbox as a software engineer in the computer vision and interactive content fields.



Internship time: November 2011 – December 2012

Rita Seabra has been working as a science researcher since she graduated in 2004 in Biochemistry having obtained her Doctor degree in 2012 from the University of Porto. Rita has expertise mostly in plant science, particularly in the field of plant-microbe interactions having worked at Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto (IBMC) and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. She is currently a Post-doc researcher at IBMC.


Internship time: June 2012 – September 2012

Renato Vasconcelos is an Associate Principal at InnoCentive, a leading organisation in open innovation and crowdsourcing, where he supports organisations from the private and public sectors to source solutions to their most prominent challenges. Previously he worked in technology transfer offices, such as U.Porto Inovação and Imperial Innovations. Renato holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College (leading to 2 patent fillings) and a degree in Environmental Engineering from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (Oporto, Portugal).


Internship time: November 2011 – April 2012

Daniel Vasconcelos is PhD student at INEB. Early on in his academic life. he has been involved in research in Healthcare, completing the integrated master in bioengineering at FEUP/ICBAS (Univ. Porto) in 2011. Daniel has been working to develop innovative solution in biomedical engineering in collaboration with laboratories, hospitals and companies in Portugal, France and Germany. Orthopaedics and regenerative medicine are their main research interests, which he has been studying as a scientist and as a entrepreneur. D