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Susana Palma is a Post-doctoral research fellow at Unidade de Ciências Biomoleculares Aplicadas (UCIBIO), School of Science and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), within the Biomolecular Engineering Group, led by Porfessor Cecília Roque. She holds a MSc. In Biomedical Engineering (IST-UL, Portugal, 2007), where she became interested in the (bio)sensing field. This led her to join the company PLUX, Wireless Biosignals S.A. (2007 - 2010) where she gained expertise in sensors development and signal processing for biomedical applications. In 2010, Susana enrolled in the MIT-Portugal PhD Program in Bioengineering Systems, being awarded with a competitive MIT-Portugal-FCT scholarship. During the curricular year of the Program her team won the Strongest Business Model award for a go-to-market strategy of a biosensor device. Then, she pursued her PhD research work (2011 - 2015) at the Biomolecular Engineering Group (FCT-NOVA, Portugal), supervised by Professor Cecília Roque, in chemistry and nanomaterials, towards magnetic resonance imaging nanoprobes. Her PhD research project was awarded the 1st Honorable Mention at SCHIC'11 - Solvay&Hovione Innovation Challenge 2011. Susana's PhD work brought her multidisciplinary skills due to the internships and established national/international collaborations. Namely, she acquired competences in synthesis, functionalization, and characterization of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (Prof. Puerto Morales Lab, ICMM, Madrid, Spain) and in the manipulation of human cell cultures (Prof. Alexandra Fernandes, UCIBIO, FCT-NOVA and Prof. Joaquim Cabral, iBB-SCBL, IST-UL Labs). In 2016, Susana engaged in a new multidisciplinary applied research project that matched the experience she acquired previously during her industrial placement and her academic path, the project SCENT: Hybrid Gels for Rapid Microbial Detection (ERC-StG-2014-639123), at Roque's Group. This gave her the opportunity to pursue her scientific ambition of creating new (bio)sensing technology to fulfil challenging needs and to be involved in technology transfer. During the postdoc, Susana has been integrating the study of ionic liquids in soft materials with sensing devices design and microbial volatiles fingerprint search. Susana has roles of research and coordinates the team responsible by developing sensing hardware and machine learning software. She supervised and co-supervised 10 students (5 BSc. and 5 MSc.), participated in the Examination Committee of PhD theses (FCT-NOVA, 2016; Universidad de Cordoba, 2017; FCT-NOVA, 2020) and organized outreach activities. In addition, she is part of the team working in the technology transfer of the projects' results with international partners. The team was awarded the first prize of the R2Value contest (FCT-NOVA). Susana's research resulted in 20 peer-reviewed publications (12 journal papers and 8 conference papers) and 1 book chapter (134 cit; h-index=7, Scopus data). The work was disseminated through 17 oral communications and 17 posters in national and international conferences. She is a reviewer at Sensors and Applied Sciences journals and member of the IEEE and IEEE Standards Association, where she is the Chair of the IEEE P2520.4.1 working group, responsible by developing a standard for performance evaluation of electronic noses in chemical manufacture applications.

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Bioengenharia, Doctorate, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Award Date: 2 Dec 2015

Biomedical Engineering, Master, Instituto Superior Técnico

Award Date: 23 Jul 2007

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