João Afonso

  • Spinal cord injury
  • stem cells
  • endothelial cells
  • regenerative medicine
  • neurovascular unit
  • biocompatible hydrogels
  • cell therapy

João L. Afonso has a degree in Biochemistry (2018) and a Master’s in Health Sciences (2021) from University of Minho. During these years, João received four awards of student merit and excellence and is co-author of 1 article published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (IF=5.2). During his master’s, João studied the impact of different inflammatory molecules on stem cells ability to modulate vascularization and axonal growth processes. Currently, João is a PhD student in Health Sciences, interested in studying the impact of the combination of endothelial cells and stem cells, derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, for spinal cord injury treatment.

Scientific Highlights

2021: Merit Scholarship
2021: FCT PhD fellowship at Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine – University of Minho
2020: Rocha et al. “”In vitro Evaluation of ASCs and HUVECs Co-cultures in 3D Biodegradable Hydrogels on Neurite Outgrowth and Vascular Organization””. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
2018: Merit Scholarship
2018: Excellence Scholarship
2017: Excellence Scholarship