Margarida SerraHead of Stem Cell Bioengineering Lab at iBET - Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica
Margarida Serra is the Head of Stem Cell Bioengineering Laboratory from the Animal Cell Technology Unit of iBET. She holds a PhD in Engineering and Technology Sciences, from NOVA University of Lisbon and did part of her studies at the Fraunhofer Institut for Biomedical Engineering, Cellartis AB, and University of Cologne. The key research line is driven by the vision to streamline robust manufacturing of cell therapy products (CTP) with improved functionality, to support phase I/II clinical trials. Her research has focused on the development of novel cell culturing strategies that recreate environmental conditions excelling the production of human adult stem cells as well as pluripotent stem cells and their derivatives, through metabolic and process understanding. She has been applying multi-parametric techniques including omics technologies as complementary analytical tools to support bioprocess optimization and CTP potency assessment. Margarida Serra has published over 39 papers, 2 book chapters and supervised 8 PhD students.