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Andre Rodrigues - Visiting Scholar

Andre Lopes Rodrigues

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About Me

I joined the Dordick Group in Jan 2019 as graduate student from Instituto Superior Técnico. I am from Lisbon, Portugal, where I am pursuing a phD degree in Bioengineering – Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine. In my free time, I like travelling, hiking and surfing. I have done 2 European Interrails and walked 795 km from St. Jean Pied-de-Port (France) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as part of the Camino Frances of Santiago.

Research

The major goal of my research project is to develop a microscale high-throughput
culture system that mimics the 3D cellular microenvironment unveiling the
interactions between cells and soluble/immobilized factors. This platform will be
used to identify the sole and/or synergistic effects of soluble and immobilized
molecules towards expansion and differentiation of hPSC. Additionally, it is
intended to provide a platform to perform high-throughput studies on the toxicity
of small molecules towards differentiated progeny and evaluate different cellular
sensitivities to pharmaceutical compounds according to patient specificity.

Education

2017-MSc in Biotechnology, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon,
Portugal
2015-BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Publication

Rodrigues, A.L., Rodrigues, C.A.V., Gomes, A.R., Vieira, S.F., Badenes, S.M.,
Diogo, M.M., Cabral, J.M.S. "Dissolvable Microcarriers Allow Scalable Expansion
And Harvesting Of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Under Xeno-Free
Conditions". Biotechnol J doi:10.1002/biot.201800461 [Epub ahead of print]
(2018).