Technician Team


Catarina Castanheira (RENIM project)


Catarina Castanheira was born in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1994. In 2012 she moved from Braga (Portugal) to Porto (Portugal) to enroll the Integrated Master in Bioengineering at the University of Porto. In 2015 she conducted a training period in REQUIMTE Research Lab (Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto), in the group of Dr. Maria Rangel, which involved the use of pyridinone‑dansyl complexes as sensors for metal ions. In 2016 she conducted a 5 month internship at IMDEA Nanociencia, in the group of Dr. Álvaro Somoza, where she developed nanobiosensors based on gold nanoparticles for the detection cancer‑related miRNAs. In 2017, Catarina started her Master Dissertation project at the Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery group in i3S/INEB (Institute of Investigation and Innovation in Heath / Institute of Biomedical Engineering), University of Porto, supervised by Dr. José das Neves and Dr. Bruno Sarmento. There she developed functionalized polymeric nanoparticles for the topical delivery of anti-HIV microbicides. Catarina obtained her MSc Degree in Bioengineering – Molecular Biotechnology in October 2017 and after that she continued her work at the Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery group. In March 2018, driven by her interest in inorganic nanostructures for diagnostics and therapy, she came back to IMDEA as a visiting student. In April 2019, she started to work as technician in the RENIM Project to modify magnetic nanoparticles with different molecules for diagnostics and imaging.

Phone: +34 912998889

Specialist Technicians

Dr. Zulay Pardo-Botero


Zulay D. Pardo-Botero obtained her Ph.D. at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid under the guidance of Prof. Antonio Herrera Fernández and Roberto Martínez-Álvarez using the facilities of the CAI de RMN y EPR of the same institution. Her work was focused on the developed and optimization of Ultrafast NMR pulse sequences, to monitor dynamic systems like organic reactions in real time, providing reaction mechanisms. In 2016 she joined IMDEA Nanoscience as a research staff, where perform several roles. She is responsible of the NMR spectroscopy laboratory, incharge of the implementation of Nano-materials Caracterization Laboratory under GLP guidance and involved in the synthesis and characterization of connectors for nanoparticles functionalization in the NanoBiotecnology Research Group of Prof. Álvaro Somoza.

ResearcherID: L-1533-2017