Inês Pinto

Beneficiary of the Short-term Research Internships at the University of Texas at Austin 2023

Role Research Fellow
Affiliation Institution Center of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra
Host Institution McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Program Area Nanotechnologies

Short Bio

Inês Pinto is a Research Fellow at the Center of Neuroscience and Cell Biology from the University of Coimbra. She has a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Aveiro since 2022 and a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Beira Interior. Some of her current areas of interest include cancer nanomedicine, targeted gene delivery, biomaterials, immunotherapy, and oncobiology. Inês Pinto has developed extensive work in these areas since 2021 being published 1 article in international peer-reviewed journal, authored 10 communications in conferences and awarded 6 distinctions. She is also a member of Scientific Societies (e.g. ASPIC, EACR, AACR, FEBS) and Communication Coordinator of the Pint of Science initiative in Portugal.

Work description

During my internship, I will work at Maynard Lab with expertise in the discovery and design of antibodies endowed with novel capabilities, such as those with conditional activity at the site of disease. More specifically, I will design and develop bi-specific antibodies to target T cells and cancer cells to redirect T cells to specific tumor sites and activate them directly to induce potent tumor cell killing.

Expectations about the Short-term Research Internship

I hope to gain valuable international work experience, expand my knowledge mainly on antibody development and their application on nanosystems, and immerse myself in a new cultural and professional environment, enhancing my personal and professional growth.

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