Employment, research experience and honors
Feb 2013-2016: Research Fellow of the project “Mesenchymal stem cells for Machado-Joseph disease therapy” (SFRH/BPD/87732/2012), Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), on the “Vectors and Gene Therapy” group, Center for Neroscience and Cell Biology – CNCB, Coimbra, Portugal. Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Luís Pereira de Almeida (PhD). http://www.cnbc.pt/research/areaB41_4.asp?lg=2
2012: Post-Doc fellowship (SFRH/BPD/87732/2012), FCT.
2012: Research Post-Doc Fellow of the project “Dissecting the pathogenesis of Machado-Joseph disease in a new human disease model derived from induced pluripotent stem cells” (PTDC/SAU-NMC/116512/2010), FCT, on the “Vectors and Gene Therapy” group, CNCB, Coimbra, Portugal. PI: Dr Luís Pereira de Almeida (PhD). http://www.cnbc.pt/research/areaB41_4.asp?lg=2
2012: Post-Doc fellowship on the project “Dissecting the pathogenesis of Machado- Joseph disease in a new human disease model derived from induced pluripotent stem cells” (PTDC/SAU-NMC/116512/2010), FCT.
2011-2012: Research Fellow in the project “Dissecting nerve regeneration and the neuritogenic activity of TTR” (PTDC/SAU-GMG/111761/2009), FCT, on the “Nerve Regeneration” group, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology – IBMC, Porto, Portugal. PI: Dr Mónica Mendes Sousa (PhD). http://www.ibmc.up.pt/index.php?id=332
2011: Cover in Stem Cells Journal – November 2011, volume 29, Issue 11.
2011: Research fellowship on the project “Dissecting nerve regeneration and the neuritogenic activity of TTR” (PTDC/SAU-GMG/111761/2009), FCT.
2010: Best poster. I3S IBMC/INEB/IPATIMUP Together in Science.
2010: Best poster. Portuguese Society for Stem Cells and Cell Therapies (SPCE-TC).
2010: Funds for junior investigators. Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Myelin.
2007: Best oral communication. Sociedade Portuguesa de Doenças Metabólicas (SPDM).
2007-2012: PhD student of the Doctoral Program of Biomedical Sciences of ICBAS, UP, Porto. The thesis “Evaluation of Cellular Therapy of Bone Marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Leukodystrophies with Peripheral Nervous System Demyelination” has been developed at the IBMC, Porto. Supervised by Dr Mónica Mendes Sousa (PhD).
2006: PhD fellowship (SFRH / BD / 29768 / 2006), FCT.
2006-2007: Professional Internship (funded together by Employment and Professional Formation Institute– IEFP and “Molecular Neurobiology” group from IBMC) in “Molecular Neurobiology” group – IBMC, Porto. Researcher in the Project: “Evaluation of Cellular Therapy in Leukodystrophies with Peripheral Nervous System Demyelination”. PI: Dr Mónica Mendes Sousa (PhD).
2006: Participation in the eight-week NHLBI-UMN MAPC training program headed by Prof. Catherine Verfaillie, Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, USA, involving culture, generation and evaluation of Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells (MAPCs).
2005: Fellowship for training abroad. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (FCG).
2003-2005: MSc student (experimental part of the Master degree in Cellular Biology), Department of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UP, Porto, supervised by Prof. Mário de Sousa (MD, PhD). Project developed: “Expression of Progenitor Adult Stem Cell Markers in the Male Germ Epithelium”.
2002-2003: Undergraduate training in “Human Reproduction Technologies and Criopreservation of Human Gametes”, Mother-Fetal Medicine Department, Human Reproduction and Genetics Laboratory, University of Coimbra Hospital, Coimbra; supervised by Prof. Agostinho Almeida Santos (MD, PhD).
Miranda CO (2011) “Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Transplantation: An Add-on Option for Krabbe’s Disease.”
Miranda C (2005) “Expressão de Marcadores de Células Progenitoras Adultas no Epitélio Germinal Masculino.”
Miranda C (2003) “Técnicas de Reprodução Humana e Criopreservação de Gâmetas Masculinos.”