Dr Sara Abalde-Cela is a Staff Researcher at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Braga, Portugal (2019-now). She works at the Department of Life Sciences, within the Medical Devices group. The research project she is involved in focuses on the development of microfluidic platforms for the detection of cancer cells, as a continuation of her Marie Curie project (2017-2019). The goal of her project is to develop a real-time and on-chip method for circulating tumour cell detection based on Surface enhanced-Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy.
Sara holds a PhD in nanotechnology by the Universidade de Vigo (Spain, 2008-2013) and postdoctoral experience at the University of Cambridge (UK, 2013-2016). Her experience in research gathers expertise from nanotechnology and Raman spectroscopy to microfluidics and microdroplets for biotechnology applications. Sara won several funding, research awards and recognitions along with her career, she has around 30 contributions to conferences, 17 peer-reviewed publications and 1 filed patent. She has also been involved in lecturing, science outreach and startup programs in Cambridge, London, Vigo and Braga. Sara is also the co-founder and CTO of the start-up RUBYnanomed (2018 – now).
- L. Wu, A. Garrido-Maestu, J. R. L. Guerreiro, S. Carvalho, S. Abalde-Cela, et al.,
Amplification-free SERS analysis of DNA mutation in cancer cells with single-base sensitivity
Nanoscale (2019) 11, 7781 – 7789
- Teixeira, Juan F. Hernández-Rodríguez, Kevin Oliveira, Lei Wu, Kevin Oliveira, Krishna Kant, Lorena Diéguez, Sara Abalde-Cela*
Microfluidics-Driven Fabrication of a Low Cost and Ultrasensitive SERS-Based Paper Biosensor
Applied Sciences (2019), 9 (7), 1387
- Sara Abalde-Cela, P. Piairo, L. Diéguez
The Significance of Circulating Tumour Cells in the Clinic
Acta Cytologica, (2018), 1-13
- K. Kant, S. Abalde-Cela
Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Spectroscopy and Microfluidics: Towards Ultrasensitive Label-Free Sensing
Biosensors, (2018), 8 (3), 62.
- S. Abalde-Cela*, P. Taladriz-Banco, M. Ganzarolli de Oliveira, C. Abell
Droplet microfluidics for the highly controlled synthesis of branched gold nanoparticles
Scientific Reports (2018), 8, 2440.