Dr Helena Azevedo
MEng, PhD


Research Group Members

Current PhD Projects

Thesis Title
Biofabrication of self-assembling fluidic devices for modelling ovarian cancer under fluid flow
Design of synthetic nanostructured hydrogel to regulate microvascularisation
Developing Bone Secondary Microenvironments for Personalised Medicine
Development of a novel hybrid membrane-crystallisation based liquid phase synthesis of Tides
Engineered self-assembling peptide-hyaluronan hydrogels for in vitro biomedical applications
Engineering retinal vascularization on a chip to model pathological events in eye diseases and study the effect of modulator drugs
Hydrogel Waveguides for Clinical Applications
Long-term Tracking and Targeted Therapy of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Labeled Nanoparticles
Protein/peptide co-assembling technology as a new avenue for fabrication of in vitro vascular models.
Self-assembled peptide droplet interfaces for simple screening of stem cell microenvironments and micromanipulation of colonies
Self-Assembling peptide amphiphiles as a platform for the manipulation of protein conformation
Study of Liquid-liquid interfaces

Past PhD Projects

Thesis TitleYear
Hyaluronan Immobilized via Peptide Self-Assembled Monolayers to Study the Behaviour of Endothelial Cells and Reveal Endovascular Therapies2022
Synthesis and Applications of Smart Glycopolymers and Their Interactions with Lectins2022
Complex Polymer Architectures via Controlled Polymerisation Techniques2020
Generating Molecularly-Controlled Biomaterials Using Host-Guest Guided Peptide Self-Assembly2020
Hyaluronic acid-based peptide-functionalised engineered soft matrices via thiol-ene coupling2020
Developing a novel organ-on-a-chip model to study ovarian cancer2019
Hyaluronan (HA) glycopolymers and self-assembling HA-binding peptides: a synthetic toolbox for probing HA-peptide/protein interactions and creating supramolecular HA biomaterials2019
Molecular Simulations of Complex Lipid Bilayers and their Interactions with Antimicrobial Lipopeptides.2019
Self-assembled monolayers to create novel surfaces utilising peptides identified by phage display for in vitro study of cancer stem cells.2019
Supramolecular hybrid peptide/polymer biomaterials as tissue-mimetic environments2019
Synthesis and polymerization of thioester containing compounds2019
Investigating poly(2-oxazoline)s and poly(2-oxazine)s as engine oil additives2018
Molecular Design and Self-assembly of Multifunctional and Stimuli-responsive Peptide Nanostructures2018
Development of a novel hydrogel system based on the combination of peptide amphiphiles and elastin-like polymers for cartilage and disc tissue engineering2017