Cláudia Sousa

Research Fellow

Cláudia Sousa is a Research Fellow in the Nanomedicine Group at the Life Sciences Department. Her work is focused on the characterization of nanoparticle-cell biointerfaces using multiple complementary techniques, including high-resolution microscopy, optical spectroscopy and flow cytometry. Moreover, she is also interested in the improvement of bioanalytical protocols and methods that are used for the characterization of bacterial micropopulations in the context of modern analytical applications, where the miniaturization of assay formats and devices is an important trend.

Cláudia holds a Diploma in Applied Biology (2002) and a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering (2009) from the University of Minho. Her PhD research focused on the characterization of Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion and biofilm formation onto biomaterials, with a special emphasis on the surface properties that affect initial bacterial adhesion as well as on the development of methodologies to prevent it. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minho (2009-2015), her research work was directed towards for the understanding of the interactions between bacterial cells and functionalized nanoparticles for the control of clinical biofilms.

Selected Publications