Tânia Gonçalves


E-mail: taniag1[at]edu.ulisboa.pt

Professional networks

Research topics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanomotors
  • Photothermal Therapy


Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves holds an Integrated Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics with profile in Clinical Engineering and Medical Instrumentation, from Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa since 2018.

During Bachelor, she went on a short Summer Internship at Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, in Stuttgart, working on the Lab-in-a-tube and Nanorobotic Biosensors Group supervised by Dr. Samuel Sánchez. During that internship Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves was assisting on ongoing projects from the group, which involved tubular micro- and nanomotors fabrication and observation for environmental and biological applications. Later, on her final year of the Master ‘s degree Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves carried out a ten-month internship to work on her Master thesis at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, in the Smart Nano-Bio-Devices group, supervised by Dr. Samuel Sánchez. Here she worked on the preparation, characterization, and multi-functionalization of micro and nano silica-based half-coated with gold Janus motors. The final goal of the project was to be able to functionalize the two faces of the Janus particles with two different proteins, for possible biomedical applications.

Currently, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves is working on her PhD in Pharmacy, profile in Pharmaceutical Technology since October 2019, at Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa. Her thesis includes the synthesis, characterization, and application of coated-gold nanoparticles photoactivated through near infrared (NIR) laser for photothermal therapy of superficial and non-metastasized breast tumors.


Journal publications

Pedro Francisco, Mariana Neves Amaral, Afonso Neves, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Ana S. Viana, José Catarino, Pedro Faísca, Sandra Simões, João Perdigão, Adília J. Charmier, M. Manuela Gaspar, Catarina Pinto Reis (2023) Pluronic® F127 Hydrogel Containing Silver Nanoparticles in Skin Burn Regeneration: An Experimental Approach from Fundamental to Translational Research, Gels 9(3), p. 200, MDPI, doi:10.3390/gels9030200

Joana Lopes, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Lia Ascensão, Ana S. Viana, Lina Carvalho, José Catarino, Pedro Faísca, Abel Oliva, Dragana P.C. de Barros, Cecília M.P. Rodrigues, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Catarina Pinto Reis (2023) Safety of Gold Nanoparticles: From In Vitro to In Vivo Testing Array Checklist, Pharmaceutics 15(4), p. 1120, MDPI, doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics15041120

Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Ana Iglesias-Mejuto, Teresa Linhares, João M.P. Coelho, Pedro Vieira, Pedro Faísca, José Catarino, Pedro Pinto, David Ferreira, Hugo A. Ferreira, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Luísa Durães, Carlos A. García-González, Catarina Pinto Reis (2022) Biological Thermal Performance of Organic and Inorganic Aerogels as Patches for Photothermal Therapy, Gels 8(8), p. 485, MDPI, doi:10.3390/gels8080485

Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Maria Manuela Gaspar, João M.P. Coelho, Vanda Marques, Ana S. Viana, Lia Ascensão, Lina Carvalho, Cecília M.P. Rodrigues, Hugo Alexandre Ferreira, David Ferreira, Catarina Pinto Reis (2022) The Role of Rosmarinic Acid on the Bioproduction of Gold Nanoparticles as Part of a Photothermal Approach for Breast Cancer Treatment, Biomolecules 12(1), p. 71, MDPI, doi:10.3390/biom12010071

Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Carolina Constantin, Monica Neagu, Catarina Pinto Reis, Firouzeh Sabri, Rosana Simón-Vázquez (2021) Safety and efficacy assessment of aerogels for biomedical applications, Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy 144, p. 112356, Elsevier, doi:10.1016/j.biopha.2021.112356

Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, David Ferreira, Hugo A. Ferreira, Catarina P. Reis (2021) Nanogold-based materials in medicine: From their origins to their future, Nanomedicine 16(30), p. 2695-2723, Future Medicine, doi:10.2217/nnm-2021-0265

Joana Lopes, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Isabel V. Figueiredo, Cecília M.P. Rodrigues, Hugo Ferreira, David Ferreira, Ana S. Viana, Pedro Faísca, Maria Manuela Gaspar, João M.P. Coelho, Catarina Oliveira Silva, Catarina Pinto Reis (2021) Proof-of-concept study of multifunctional hybrid nanoparticle system combined with nir laser irradiation for the treatment of melanoma, Biomolecules 11(4), p. 511, MDPI, doi:10.3390/biom11040511

T Ferreira-Gonçalves, E Costa, J M P Coelho, M M Gaspar, L Ascenção, P Fa\'\isca, V F Figueiredo, D Ferreira, H Ferreira, C P Reis (2021) A Step Forward in Breast Cancer Research: a Preliminary Photothermal Approach Using Gold Nanoparticles, Book of abstracts iMedUlisboa

T Ferreira-Gonçalves, E Costa, J M C Coelho, M M Gaspar, L Ascenção, I V Figueiredo, D Ferreira, H Ferreira, C P Reis (2021) A Step Forward in Breast Cancer Research: Gold Nanoparticles as Photothermal Therapy Enhancers, AERoGELS COST Action (CA18125)

Eduardo Costa, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Gonçalo Chasqueira, António S. Cabrita, Isabel V. Figueiredo, Catarina Pinto Reis (2020) Experimental models as refined translational tools for breast cancer research, Scientia Pharmaceutica 88(3), p. 1-29, MDPI, doi:10.3390/scipharm88030032

Eduardo Costa, Tânia Ferreira-Gonçalves, Miguel Cardoso, João M.P. Coelho, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Pedro Faísca, Lia Ascensão, António S. Cabrita, Catarina Pinto Reis, Isabel V. Figueiredo (2020) A step forward in breast cancer research: From a natural-like experimental model to a preliminary photothermal approach, International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21(24), p. 1-28, MDPI, doi:10.3390/ijms21249681

Conference publications

T Ferreira-Gonçalves, E Costa, J M P Coelho, M M Gaspar, L Ascenção, P Fa\'\isca, I V Figueiredo, C A Garc\'\ia-González, D Ferreira, H Ferreira, others (2021) Gold nanoparticles as a part of a photothermal therapy system.

Book chapters


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