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Joana Martins


Research Assistant

  • Medical devices researcher
  • Biomaterials manufacturer
  • QMS Document Controller

Biomaterials researcher interested in the translation of medical devices

I studied Bioengineering at the University of Porto in Portugal where I was actively involved in the Bioengineering Student’s Association. During my studies I worked at the University of Glasgow for six months investigating the mechanical properties of the neonatal trachea for the development of a biodegradable implant.

In 2014 I studied the mechanical and biological properties of chitosan and hyaluronic acid hydrogels for the proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells and presented my work at Materiais 2015 conference held in Portugal.

I started working in NDORMS as a human tissue collector to later isolate tenocytes for further biomaterials testing. I was involved in different tissue collection projects and also worked as lab manager.

Since 2016 I'm participating in the development of two biodegradable medical devices (BioPatch and BioYarn) and their translational and regulatory route to clinical trials. These medical devices aim to improve tendon regeneration through biophysical cues and are manufactured in a cleanroom environment. I'm also the document controller of these two projects with regards to their Quality Management System.

I'm passionate about tissue engineering and the use of biomaterials as medical implants.


A smart patch that promotes shoulder repair