Joana Serra

PhD Student


Research Activities

Development of a cell/gene therapy for the treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease. The work is focused on genetic manipulation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) using non-viral vectors containing pro-angiogenic factors in order to improve the therapeutic potential of those cells. Optimization of development, production and purification of DNA-based vectors (plasmids and minicircles) for MSC transfection with the goal of maximizing the angiogenic ability of modified MSC.


Selected Publications


Serra, J., Monteiro, G., da Silva, C.L., Prazeres, D.M. "VEGF-overexpressing mesenchymal stem/stromal cells for angiogenic therapies." MicroBiotec '15, √Čvora Portugal, December 2015. (poster communication)

Serra, J., da Silva, C.L., Cabral, J.M.S. "Cultivation of human MSC as 3-D aggregates to enhance their therapeutic potential." E3 forum - Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship. Lisbon (Portugal). June 2013. (poster communication)


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