ESR 12 – Avelino Ferreira

ESR project: Synthesis and biological evaluation of glycan-coated nanoparticles for enhanced drug delivery of bioactive compounds

Supervisor: Dr Marco Monopoli

Institution: RCSI, IE

Country of origin: Portugal

NanoCarb research: Avelino will develop methods to allow the synthesis and analysis of glycan-coated gold ultra-small nanoparticles (<10 nm). He will evaluate the interaction of this multivalent carbohydrate-platform with lectins. He will also prepare gold nanoparticles tagged with a fluorescent linker to probe binding to cells and cell surface motifs, such as integrins and glycopeptides. He will probe the exploitable mechanisms of cell uptake and assess the shedding of therapeutic payload in cells. 

Scientific Background: Avelino holds a MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Porto, Portugal.

Dissemination and Outreach

Avelino Ferreira (ESR 12) Patricia Pérez Schmidt (ESR 5), Valentin Cognet , Diana López, Ibon Perera, Miguel Rodríguez, Africa Barrientos. Synthesis and Characterization of Ultra-Small Gold Nanoparticles: Midatech Pharma MidacoreTM Platform. 3rD Glycobasque Meeting at CICBiogune in Bilbao, ES, 12-13 March 2020. Poster