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Dr Helena Azevedo MEng, PhD

Dr Azevedo
Position: Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5502
Location: 229, Engineering, Mile End
Expertise: Molecular self-assembly, the spontaneous organization of molecules into ordered aggregates by noncovalent interactions and without external control, is of central importance to life (e.g., protein folding, formation of lipid bilayers). Using biological inspiration and tools of chemistry, physics and engineering, we aim to explore new (macro)molecular units (peptides and sugar polymers) mimicking the composition and structure of carbohydrates and proteins (vital constituents of all organisms) to develop materials by self-assembly with particular properties and function for bioengineering applications. We expect that combinations of these building blocks and their controlled self-assembly can generate the discovery of innovative biomaterials with unprecedented properties that can revolutionize tissue engineering and other forms of regenerative medicine.
Research keywords: Peptides, Biomolecular Engineering, Phage Display, Chemistry and Biology of Hyaluronan, Macromolecular and Interfacial Self-Assembly, Directed/Templated Self-Assembly, Supramolecular Biomaterials, Biomimetic Matrices, Nanocarriers for Intracellular Delivery, Regenerative Medicine
Affiliations: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Brief Biography

Helena Azevedo received a MEng degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Minho (Portugal) and a Ph.D. from De Montfort University (UK). Then, she joined the 3B's Research Group at University of Minho as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2006, she was awarded with a Marie Curie fellowship which allowed her to work in the laboratory of Prof. Stupp at the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (Northwestern University, USA). From 2008-2013 she had a Research position at the 3B's Research Group as a principal investigator. In 2013 she joined the School of Engineering and Materials Science as Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials.
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