Dr. Patrícia Figueiredo, former PhD student of Prof. Santos, receives the Acta Student Award 2020

Acta Student Award to Dr. Patrícia Figueiredo

Acta Biomaterialia has selected Dr. Figueiredo for the Acta Student Award for her primary contribution as graduate student to the manuscript “Peptide-guided resiquimod-loaded lignin nanoparticles convert tumor-associated macrophages from M2 to M1 phenotype for enhanced chemotherapy”, co-authored by P. Figueiredo, A. Lepland, P. Scodeller, F. Fontana, G. Torrieri, M. Tiboni, M.‐A. Shahbazi, L. Casettari, M. A. Kostiainen, J. Hirvonen, T. Teesalu, H. A. Santos.

Dr. Figueiredo was a former PhD student in Prof. Santos’ Lab, from the Nanomedicines and Biomedical Engineering Group at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki. Currently, Dr. Figueiredo is a postdoc at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

The awarded paper work was an effort resulted from a fantastic collaboration between Prof. Santos’ Lab and Prof. Teesalu’s Lab, Laboratory of Precision & Nanomedicine at the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu.

Besides the exceptional value of the manuscript to the biomaterials community, her personal credentials and recommendations were also determinant for attributing such award.

The award will be presented at the Acta Symposium during the TMS 2022 conference in Anaheim, California USA, February 27–March 3, 2022. It comes with a cash prize of $2,000, and a reimbursement of travel expenses up to $750.

Acta Biomaterialia is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research reports, review papers and communications in the broadly defined field of biomaterials science. The emphasis of the journal is on the relationship between biomaterial structure and function at all length scales.

Congratulations Dr. Figueiredo for such fantastic achievement and one more award to the Santos' Lab portfolio!