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Diana Fernandes de Rafael

I possess a Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010) granted by the Faculty of Pharmacy from the Lisbon University, and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Technology (2017) from the same University. During my PhD I had the opportunity to do research stays at Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU), Munich, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and Vall D'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), Barcelona. Actually, I am a post-doctoral researcher at Drug Delivery and Targeting Group, VHIR working in the field of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems applied to several diseases.

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy (CB-DDT)
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

Diana Fernandes de Rafael

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy (CB-DDT)
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

I possess a Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010) granted by the Faculty of Pharmacy from the Lisbon University, and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Technology (2017) from the same University. During my PhD I had the opportunity to do research stays at Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU), Munich, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and Vall D'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), Barcelona. Actually, I am a post-doctoral researcher at Drug Delivery and Targeting Group, VHIR working in the field of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems applied to several diseases.

Being a multidisciplinary scientist, during 10 years of research career I acquired expertise in different areas of knowledge such as Pharmaceutical Technology, Nanomedicine, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Cancer Signalling Pathways, Preclinical Validation, etc. My board knowledge in the field of biomedical sciences granted by my training as pharmacist and my research experience, allowed me to have a comprehensive and integrative view of the different stages of drug development from the bench to the bedside. My career has been fully dedicated to the design, development, and preclinical validation of innovative delivery systems for a wide range of challenging diseases with a special attention to oncology.
My active participation at different international projects (12) and collaborations with a variety of research groups have resulted in the authorship of several publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals (35 publications, 15 as corresponding/first author, h-index 18). Also, she is co-inventor of two patents about delivery systems for gene delivery and the creation of cell penetrating peptides. Moreover, I am truly active in science dissemination both to share the knowhow with the pairs at international conferences, and also in citizenship dissemination actions. Additionally, due to her experience in the fields of Pharmaceutical Technology and Molecular Biology, I am giving classes at the Master of Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona. Most importantly, I was responsible for the supervision of the thesis of different pre-graduated, master and PhD students (14).

Projects

Nanoclustered Affimers for Targeted KRAS Ablation in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

IP: Joaquin Seras Franzoso
Collaborators: Diana Fernandes de Rafael
Funding agency: Asociación Cáncer de Páncreas
Funding: 50000
Reference: ACANPAN/PROJECTES/2023/SERAS
Duration: 05/12/2023 - 04/12/2025

TACTIC: Explorando soluciones a los retos de salud mediante ciencia disruptiva, terapias avanzadas y medicina de sistemas

IP: Begoña Benito Villabriga
Collaborators: Carmen Escudero Iriarte, Laia Ventura i Expósito, Susana Otero Romero, TACTIC: Explorando soluciones a los retos de salud mediante ciencia disruptiva, terapias avanzadas y medicina de sistemas, Ignacio Ferreira González, José Antonio Barrabés Riu, Carlos Nos Llopis, Pablo Velasco Puyó, Jose Fernando Rodríguez Palomares, María Rosario Pérez- Torres Lobato, Sunny Malhotra Sareen, Perez Dueñas, Belen, Jaume Sastre Garriga, Joan López Hellin, Antonia Sambola Ayala, Jordi Rio Izquierdo, Nuria Rivas Gandara, Jordi Perez Rodon, Aroa Soriano Fernández, Manuel Comabella Lopez, Antonio Rodríguez Sinovas, Gisela Teixido Tura, Antonia Pijuan Domenech, Roser Ferrer Costa, Joaquin Seras Franzoso, Carmen Tur Gomez, Maria Cristina Díaz de Heredia Rubio, Laia Yañez Bisbe, Julia German Cortes, Maria Jose Pérez García, Miguel Segura Ginard, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Cristina Auger Acosta, Neus Bellera Gotarda, Herena Eixarch Ahufinger, M Mar Mañu Pereira, Deborah Pareto Onghena, Lorena Valero Arrese, Aitor Uribarri Gonzalez, Jordi Bañeras Rius, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Mar Tintore Subirana, Bruno García del Blanco, Maria Teresa Salcedo Allende, Marisol Ruiz Meana, Ana Belén Méndez Fernández, Xavier Montalban Gairín, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Anna Llort Sales, Carmen Espejo Ruiz, Raquel Hladun Alvaro, Angels Alcina Mila, Sandra Mancilla Zamora, Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Ana Zabalza de Torres, Ariadna Boloix Amenós, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad, Javier Inserte Igual, Luciana Midaglia Fernandez, Elizabeth Pando Rau, Gabriela Guillén Burrieza, Cazurro Gutierrez, Ana Laura, Gómez Andrés, David, Alvaro Cobo Calvo, Alvaro Calabuig Goena, Joaquin Castillo Justribo, Lydia Dux-Santoy Hurtado, Lucas Moreno Martín-Retortillo, Andres Miguez Gonzalez, Josep Roma Castanyer, Laura Dos Subirá, Nicolás Miguel Fissolo, Maria Nazarena Pizzi, Tian Tian, Bou Teen, Diana, Fernanda Raquel Da Silva Andrade, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Andrea Guala
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 2494527.53
Reference: FORT23/00034
Duration: 01/01/2024 - 31/12/2027

Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT)

IP: Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT)
Collaborators: José Antonio Arranz Amo, Raquel Barquin Del Pino, Laura Conesa Milian, Clara Ramírez Serra, Yolanda Villena Ortiz, Joan López Hellin, Albert Blanco Grau, Francisco Rodríguez Frias, Roser Ferrer Costa, Joaquin Seras Franzoso, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Laura Castillo Ribelles, Clara Carnicer Cáceres, Marina Giralt Arnaiz, Ana Gomez Garcia, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Pablo Gabriel Medina, Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT), Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad, Laura Castellote Bellés, Daniel Bravo Nieto, Luz María Cruz Carlos, Clara Sanz Gea, Alba Estela García Fernández, Maria del Pilar Reimundo Diaz-Fierros, Belen Garcia Prats, Noelia Díaz Troyano, JAUME VIMA BOFARULL, Beatriz Pacín Ruíz, Fernanda Raquel Da Silva Andrade, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Maria Francesca Cortese, Sandra Mancilla Zamora
Funding agency: Agència Gestió Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding: 60000
Reference: 2021 SGR 01173
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 30/06/2025

HydroTheC

IP: HydroTheC
Collaborators: Miriam Izquierdo Sans, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Simon Schwartz Navarro
Funding agency: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Funding: 221390.88
Reference: HYDROTEC_HE-MSCA-PF-GF2022
Duration: 01/01/2024 - 31/12/2026

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