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Joana Neto, a biomedical engineer, with experience in different projects has been assembling knowledge and insight from a wide range of disciplines - Materials Science, Neuroscience, Micro and Nanotechnology, and (bio)Sensors.

In 2010 Joana P Neto concluded her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineer from FCT-UNL in Portugal. Her master thesis developed within the scope of applying new materials to healthcare applications was awarded by European Materials Society.  In 2012 Joana was awarded with a PhD scholarship from FCT with the project entitled Materials and neuroscience: validating tools for large-scale, high density neural recording developed at CENIMAT/i3N, Champalimaud Foundation and University College of London. She started long-lasting and fruitful collaborations with researchers from these 3 institutes, resulting in 3 posters in international conferences, 1 book-chapter, 6 peer-reviewed papers in journals with Q1. Joana was the (co)first author of 4 articles (e.g., ACS, Frontiers Neuroscience, J. of Neurophysiology and Neural computation). In both neuroscience institutes she has acquired training on animal science and certification (Portugal and United Kingdom) and she was actively involved at the start of new laboratories and a new research line at Kampff Lab. This effort resulted in methodology and datasets, made freely available online, that are ground work in neurotechnology and have been serving as reference for other publications in top-ranked journals (e.g., Nature and Neuron), recognizing merit and quality of work, whilst contributing to the advancement of knowledge in Neuroscience field. This work also inspired two projects, attracting national (Bial awarded to Adam Kampff) and international (NIH awarded to Nicholas Steinmetz) competitive funding. Moreover, during her PhD she was a researcher member of European FP7 Project NeuroSeeker. Thanks to this project she has delivered talks and participated in the annual meetings with researchers from worldwide top-ranked institutes. During her PhD she has enthusiastically supervised and mentored 5 master students, lectured in master and PhD programs, and co-organized and participated in public engagement activities and workshops.   After receiving the PhD degree in Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences in 2018 from UNL, Joana was an invited Pos-Doc researcher in collaboration with CENIMAT/I3N and UCL under the project TREND, an ERC grant. She has been dedicated to explore parylene-C as ultrathin and conformable substrate, as well as transparent materials for ECoG electrodes, taking advantage of unique properties of novel nanomaterials and nanotechnology. She established a unique research line at CENIMAT/i3N and based on this work she has been supervising 6 master students and lecturing undergrads on fabrication and characterization of transparent conductive films, where she gives an overview on the emerging materials and on the results of her research. Under this new line of research, one paper has been submitted and other is under preparation for submission. Since 2019, she has been a Pos-doctoral researcher at CENIMAT|I3N working on a microfluidic device for cancer detection from free circulating DNA using Digital PCR. She has been also dedicated to establish international collaborations to increase her expertise on fabrication technologies by receiving an Yerun Research Mobility Award to visit Vellekoop Group at Bremen Universität. Overall, Joana collaborated with >70 authors. She has an h-index 8 with > 400 citations (Google scholar). She participated as team member in national and international projects and developed a strong international network. She supervised and mentored > 13 researchers, lectured master and PhD programs and co-organized workshops (e.g., Cajal advanced neuroscience training 2021). 

Education/Academic qualification

Nanotecnologias e Nanociências, Doctorate, Materials and neuroscience: validating tools for large-scale, high-density neural recording, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Award Date: 13 Mar 2018

Biomedical Engineering, Master, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT)


External positions

PhD student, Fundação Champalimaud

PhD student, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL, London W1T 4JG, U.K.

PosDoctoral researcher, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL, London W1T 4JG, U.K.


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