Henrique Martiniano Vazão de Almeida

Junior Researcher
Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies
1.11 hmmv.almeida@fct.unl.pt


Henrique Vazão de Almeida received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Materials Engineering from Universidade NOVA (2007). Before starting his Ph.D., he worked in the Biomaterials field for 5 years (Industry-based). Henrique graduated in 2016 with his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Daniel J. Kelly and Fergal O’Brien as supervisors). In 2016, Henrique started to work as a Postdoc at Lino Ferreira’s Lab (University of Coimbra), and in 2017 he was awarded an FCT postdoctoral fellowship. In the context of the postdoctoral fellowship in cardiac tissue engineering, he moved to ITQB/iBET (2018). In 2019, he was awarded a junior PI funding (iBETXplore) to execute a project in the context of 3D bioprinted tissues for drug screening and disease modeling. In 2021, Henrique was awarded the “Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus - 3rd Edition” fellowship. In the context of his recently granted award, Henrique moved to CENIMAT|i3N (2022). 

Henrique is a bioengineer, material engineer, and expert in nature-derived biomaterials. He is interested in novel tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to restore damaged biological tissues and bioengineer in vitro models. Currently, he is focused on developing cardiac tissue engineering strategies based on conductive biomaterials. He also started to work with point-of-care devices for disease management and regenerative medicine.


T. Pinheiro, M. Morais, S. Silvestre, E. Carlos, J. Coelho, H. V. Almeida, P. Barquinha, E. Fortunato, R. Martins, Direct Laser Writing: From Materials Synthesis and Conversion to Electronic Device Processing, Advanced Materials (2024). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202402014.

T.M. Majka, A.C. Pimentel, S. Fernandes, H.V. de Almeida, J.P. Borges, R. Martins, Experimental consideration of the effects of calcium lignosulfonate and tannic acid on the flammability and thermal properties of polylactide composites, Thermochim Acta 737 (2024) 179769. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2024.179769.

D. Salvador, H. Almeida, D. Rego, P. Mendonça, A.P. Sousa, M. Serra, L. Redondo, Pulsed Electric Fields for Valorization of Platelets with No Therapeutic Value towards a High Biomedical Potential Product—A Proof of Concept, Applied Sciences 2022, Vol. 12, Page 5773 12 (2022) 5773. https://doi.org/10.3390/APP12125773.

M.J. Sebastião, H. V. Almeida, M. Serra, N. Hamdani, F. Saraiva, A.P. Lourenço, A.S. Barros, F. Vasques-Nóvoa, A. Leite-Moreira, P.M. Alves, I. Falcão-Pires, P. Gomes-Alves, Unveiling Human Proteome Signatures of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction, Biomedicines 10 (2022) 2943. https://doi.org/10.3390/BIOMEDICINES10112943/S1.

T.J. Levingstone, E.J. Sheehy, C.J. Moran, G.M. Cunniffe, P.J. Diaz Payno, R.T. Brady, H. V. Almeida, S.F. Carroll, J.M. O’Byrne, D.J. Kelly, P.AJ. Brama, F.J. O’ Brien, Evaluation of a co-culture of rapidly isolated chondrocytes and stem cells seeded on tri-layered collagen-based scaffolds in a caprine osteochondral defect model, Biomaterials and Biosystems 8 (2022) 100066. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.BBIOSY.2022.100066.

H. V. Almeida, M.F. Tenreiro, A.F. Louro, B. Abecasis, D. Santinha, T. Calmeiro, E. Fortunato, L. Ferreira, P.M. Alves, M. Serra, Human Extracellular-Matrix Functionalization of 3D hiPSC-Based Cardiac Tissues Improves Cardiomyocyte Maturation, ACS Appl Bio Mater 4 (2021) 1888–1899. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.0c01490.