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Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte



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2017   Newcastle Teaching Award  
Recognition of Fellow of the Higher Education (HE) Academy (Desciptor2) 

2013   Politecnico di Torino, Italy
           PhD in Biomedical Engineering
           Thesis topic: Multifunctional nano coatings based on type I collagen for bone tissue engineering 

2009   Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela
           MSc in Biomedical Engineering



Sep 15-present    Lecturer in BioengineeringSchool of Engineering, Newcastle University

Dec 13-Aug 15    Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University

Jan 13-Nov 13     Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Associate Member of Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the UK Tissue and Cell Engineering Society
  • High qualification research doctorate grant award by "Scuola Inferpolitecnica di Doctorate (SIPD)" by MIUR (Italy)


I contribute to the different taught modules and student projects, including : 

SFY0010 Mechanical Science 

SFY0009 Foundation Year Project

MEC3098 Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects (Stage 3)

MEC3018 Design for Industry (Stage 3)

MEC8095 MSc Project for Mechanical and Systems Engineering

MEC8099 Mechanical Engineering Team Project (Stage 4)

MRes projects

Ph.D. project supervision


Research Interests

Within the broad research area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, my specific research interests lie in two interconnected areas, biomaterials and bio-fabrication of scaffolds for tissue engineering. Related interests include design biomimetic systems, development of functional materials (i.e. cell carriers, bioinks for 3D-printing), and manufacturing of hybrid constructs with advanced bio-functional properties.


Project: "Bioprinting for Re-Distributed Manufacture of Microtissues for Treatment of Diabetes". EPSRC RiHN Feasibility Studies (Oct 2015 - Apr 2016). For more information about this project: Feasibility Studies and Islet micro-tissues

Project: "Tendon-bone tissue constructs for rotator cuff repair". MeDe Innovations Fresh Ideas Fund (Oct 2015 - Sep 2016)

Current work

Development of bio-inks for 3D bioprinting technologies. Engineering single-cell surface coatings. Fabrication of bio-synthetic polymers and hybrid constructs. Formulation of hydrogels based on natural polymers. 


Ciardelli G., Tonda-Turo C., Gentile P., Chiono V., Mattu C., Ferreira-Duarte A.M. (2011) Cemento polimerico biomimetico e biodegradable (Biomimetic cement biomimetic and biodegradable). WO2012176224 A1