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Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte



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Academic Qualifications

2017   Newcastle Teaching Award  
           Recognition of Fellow of the Higher Education (HE) Academy (Descriptor 2) 

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



Sep 15-present    Lecturer in Bioengineering, School 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


Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES)
  • Member of EPSRC College


Teaching awards

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


I contribute to different Engineering programmes, including:


And, I am currently teaching the following modules:


Moreover, I supervise individual and team projects within these programmes. If you are interested in future projects or require further information, feel free to contact me


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.

Keywords: Biomaterials, biomimetic, new natural-synthetic polymers, biofabrication, bioprinting, scaffolds, tissue engineering



2018    GIOTTO "Active aGeIng and Osteoporosis: The next challenge for smarT nanobiOmaterials and 3D technologies" European (H2020-NMBP-TR-IND-2018-2020) project (CoI) – For more information:

2018      Equipment funding (Newcastle University, PI)

2017      "Microfluidic Automated Platform for Osteoarthritis Drug Screening". NC3R CRACKIT Challenges (CoI)

2017   MRC-CiC: ”High Throughput Biofabrication of Microtissues for Disease Modelling and Regenerative Medicine” (CoI)

2015   "Bioprinting for Re-Distributed Manufacture of Microtissues for Treatment of Diabetes". EPSRC RiHN Feasibility Studies (PI) - For more information: Feasibility Studies and Islet micro-tissues

2015      "Tendon-bone tissue constructs for rotator cuff repair". MeDe Innovations Fresh Ideas Fund (PI)



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 


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. 


Ph.D. students

2018 -  current      Michael Doyle

2018 -  current      Annachiara Scalzone

2018 -  current     Alexander Sieberath

2018 -  current     Maria Crespo Cuadrado

2018 -  current     Marcin Kotlarz

2018 -  current     Aidan Bowes

2017 -  current     Yusuf Ugurluoglu

2016 -  current     Kegan McColgan-Bannon

2016 -  current     Priscila Melo

2016 -  current     Joseph Dudman

2016 -  current     Nilly Hojatoleslami

2016 -  current     Nicole Kattner


Former PhD students

2014-2018            Ricardo Da Conceicao Ribeiro