Teresa B. V. Dinis
  PhD Student  
  phone: 24943  
  e-mail: tbdinis@ua.pt  
  department: Chemistry  
  office: 29.3.3  
  group: 5 - biomedical and biomimetic materials
  line: 3 - sustainability
  direct url: https://www.ciceco.ua.pt/teresabvdinis  
  research group: Path  
The pursuit of my scientific ideals

Since very early, I have figured out the science as a way to express my interest in finding new strategies to improve people’s quality of life. My willingness to pursue my scientific ideals is what triggered me to master graduate in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, in 2015.

I consider myself a perfeccionist and I like to keep me busy. That's why I envisaged a deeper high-level formation to shape me to a better individual and help me move forward up to my professional values. And since 2017, I have been granted with a PhD scholarship, by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), with the project “Development of ionic-liquid-based supported materials for the purification of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA)” ranked top 5 PhD projects within the Biotechnology and Bioengineering fields.

Today’s my main motivation as scientist is the belief that someday I will be able to create something to improve people’s life, always ensuring its low environmental impact. I believe that my PhD project is a contribution to boosting my scientific ideals towards the development of more sustainable methodologies for the processing of biopharmaceuticals as gene therapy innovative mediators of "undrugable" diseases.

Conquests tagged along the way: 9 publications in peer-reviewed multidisciplinary high impact journals | +30 oral and poster communications in national and international conferences | 1 best poster award | 1 merit-based scholarship | 1 recognised merit-based distinction



paving my way was only possible by working in somewhere challenging

PATh Research Group

"Expanding boundaries of knowledge and tehcnique through high quality research

in novel solvents and more sustainable products and processes"


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my scientific highlights along with my academic background

October 2017-December 2020 | PhD in Chemical Engineering - Bioengineering field, University of Aveiro, Portugal | Thesis Title: "Characterization and development of aqueous biphasic systems envisioning their application in the purification of nucleic acids", supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire (CICECO-UA) and Prof. Dr. Fani Sousa (CICS-UBI)



May 2018-June 2018 | Research fellow as external PhD student | CICS-UBI – Health Sciences Research Centre of University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal


October 2015-September 2017 | Research Fellow (BI/UI89/7215/2015) within the project "IgY Technology: A Purification Platform using Ionic Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems”, from the ERC Starting Grant ERC-2013-StG-337753 | CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal





September 2013-July 2015 | MSc in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Aveiro, Portugal | Thesis title: "Concentration of human pollution tracers with ionic liquids", supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire (CICECO) and Prof. Dr. Valdemar I. Esteves (CESAM)



September 2009-July 2013 | BSc in Biotechnology, University of Aveiro, Portugal | Final-year project report: "Aqueous Biphasic Systems with Ionic Liquids: Characterization and Application in the Concentration of Synthetic Hormones", supervised by Prof. Dr. João A.P. Coutinho (CICECO) and Dr. Mara G. Freire (CICECO)


my hands-on experiences gained so far

Experimental determination and thermodynamic characterization of liquid-liquid separation | aqueous biphasic systems (ABS);


Experimental development of predictive models valuable at large-scale operations | faster thorough analysis and finding of optimal conditions for target-product purification and recovery.


Experimental “design” of ABS to respond to the various challenges and needs, whether of environmental or public health concern:

  • Extraction of alkaloids and antioxidants of cosmetic and industrial value;
  • Analytical monitoring of wastewater pollution tracers;
  • Purification of DNA to be used as biopharmaceuticals in innovative therapeutic strategies.

Experimental and theoretical background of:

Chromatography | High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC);

Spectroscopy | Circular Dichroism (CD), Spectrophotometer in UV-Vis range, Nuclear Magnetic Ressonance (NMR);

Electrophoresis of nucleic acids.


Basic techniques of microbiology and cell culture procedures;


Nucleic acids isolation experimental protocols from cell cultures.