Emanuel V. Capela

Junior Researcher

Short CV

Emanuel V. Capela is currently a Junior Researcher at the research group "Process and Product Applied Thermodynamics" (PATh), CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal. 
His research interests are mainly focused in the production of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) by mammalian cell technology and in the design of integrated downstream bioprocesses, for the selective extraction and purification of mAbs directly from the complex medium, envisaging the process integration and intensification. Moreover, he has been working with a new class of solvents, ionic liquids, where his scientific interest devoted to these compounds includes the characterization of their properties and the evaluation of their potential in the establishment of extractive platforms for value-added compounds, in particular for biopharmaceuticals. Currently, his research activities are focused on the InsectERA Agenda, being a project that aims to foster the circular economy and leverage the development of new products, processes and services, based on R&D and innovation, with high added-value and incorporation of knowledge and technology, allowing to meet the challenge of the green transition towards environmental sustainability.
Born on 24 of June of 1993 at Porto, Portugal, obtained his BSc degree in Biochemistry from University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 2014, his MSc degree in Biochemistry - Biomolecular Methods from the same institution in 2016, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering/Bioengineering from the University of Aveiro, Portugal in collaboration with Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2022.

Academic degrees

2017 - 2022 | PhD in Chemical Engineering, specialization in Bioengineering | University of Aveiro and Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon | Thesis title: "Innovative and sustainable platforms for the downstream processing of antibody-based biopharmaceuticals", supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire (UA) and co-supervised by Dr. Ana M. Azevedo (IST) and Prof. João A.P. Coutinho (UA).

2014 - 2016 | MSc in Biochemistry, specialization in Biomolecular Methods | University of Aveiro | Thesis title:"Production and purification of antibodies using aqueous biphasic systems composed of ionic liquids as adjuvants", supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire (UA) and co-supervised by Dr. Ana M. Azevedo (IST) and Prof. M. Raquel Aires-Barros (IST).

2011 - 2014 | BSc in Biochemistry | University of Aveiro | Project title: "Purification of antibodies using aqueous biphasic systems", supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire (UA) and co-supervised by Master Mafalda R. Almeida (UA).

Previous scientific and/or professional activities

2024 - Currently | Junior Researcher | Department of Chemistry, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2022 - 2024 | Innovation Project Manager | Frederico Mendes & Associados - Sociedade de Consultores, Lda.

2021 - 2022 | Research Associate | FairJourney Biologics, S.A.

2017 - 2021 | PhD Researcher | Department of Chemistry, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal and Department of Bioengineering, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal.

2018 | Guest Researcher | Sustainable Research Technology (SPT) group, Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW), University of Twente, The Netherlands.

2016 - 2017 | Research Assistant | Department of Bioengineering, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal.

2015 - 2016 | MSc Researcher | Department of Bioengineering, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal.

2014 | BSc Researcher | Department of Chemistry, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Publications

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