Eduardo Brás – AIM Fellow 2016

Eduardo Brás

Integrated Master’s degree in Biological Engineering at IST

PD-FCT AIM project is entitled  “Microfluidic bioreactors for cascade enzymatic reactions” and will take place at INESC-MN and IBB. The thesis will be supervised by Professor João Pedro Conde (INESC-MN and Department of Bioengineering) and co-supervised by Professor Pedro Fernandes (IBB). His doctoral program started on the 22nd of September 2016.

Project goals:

The objective of this doctoral project is to study the design, implementation and characterization of microfluidic microreactors for complex cascade reactions using a series of enzymatic and chemical reactions.

Two potential applications will be studied: (i) biosensing of metabolites (in plants, animals and humans); and (ii) screening of production conditions for high value added biotechnological products.

In addition, the integration of additional processing modules to the microfluidic microreactor will be studied: (i) sample preparation; and (ii) downstream separation.

Ongoing activities:
- Development of a microfluidic chip for the optimization of antibody extraction, using aqueous two phase systems (ATPS);
- Bioentrepreneurship course (IST);
- Initial experiment design for metabolite detection.

Past activities:
- Attended a pressure sensor microfabrication course: Summer School at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany;
- Development of microfluidic bioreactors for the cultivation of yeast;
- Teaching and scientific communication course (IST).

Honors:
- Academic Excellence Diploma for the year 2014/2015