Alexandre Chícharo

Research Fellow
Medical Devices

Alexandre Chícharo is a Research Fellow at 2D Materials and Devices, Quantum & Energy Materials at INL. Currently, he integrates the GRAPHSENS project which aims at developing a new biosensor device based on a spectroscopic technique through plasmons in graphene. Specifically, his goal is to design and develop an optical biosensor using label-free detection for small biomolecules, such as short DNA fragments or peptides. Towards a portable and Point-of-Care device, a microfluidic module will be designed and integrated with the sensor.

His research interests cover the continuous development of biosensors devices in particular to early-stage prototyping and further application of these devices in health, environment, and food chemistry.

Alexandre Chícharo received an M.Sc. diploma in Biomedical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal) in 2012. In 2007, he enrolled in an international exchange program at University of São Paulo (Ribeirão Prêto, Brasil) where he obtains experience in cell mutagenic analysis and techniques. In 2013, he enrolled at INL for a PhD lab-work project on single cancer cell detection and obtained a diploma from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal) in 2018.

Selected Publications