ESR4 (ICN2-Miltenyi) 

Cristiane Casonato Melo  

Cristiane Casonato Melo is the fellow of ESR4. She started her scientific career with a Bachelor study in Biotechnology at Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil). During her bachelor studies, she got a scholarship from CAPES in the Brazilian Program Science Without Borders and went to the University of Münster (Germany). During her stay in Germany, she worked in two projects, “The influence of the exotoxin pertussis toxin in immune and endothelial cells” at the Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE) and “Interaction of titanium and iron nanoparticles with monocytes/macrophages” at the Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech) from the same university. She also worked in some projects in Brazil at the São Carlos Institute of Physics from the University of São Paulo (IFSC-USP): “Nanoencapsulation of CPI-4 cistatin from Sugar Cane” and “Evaluation of the toxicity of magnetic nanoparticles used as theranostic agents in the treatment of cancer”, both with financial support from FAPESP. Still during her bachelor studies she had an internship at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Instrumentation, where she got some experience in synthesis of silver nanoparticles and electrospinning of polymeric solutions. 

She got her master’s degree at IFSC-USP in Sciences (applied biomolecular physics) with financial support from CNPq, where she developed the project “Chitosan nanoparticles as delivery vehicle for antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotides”. She also participated as a member of Brasil-USP team in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition with a project for development of innovative and sustainable solutions for the degradation of natural rubber using synthetic biology tools. 

Finishing her master studies, she got a fellowship from FAPESP in a company called Nanomed for 6 months, where she developed polymeric nanoparticles for cosmetic applications. After that time, she got a position at Thorlabs Ltda as customer service representative.

The fellow started at the ENDONANO’s program in June, 2020 at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) where she will study the physicochemical behavior of metal nanoparticles in different media. The second part of her PhD studies will be held at Miltenyi Biotec in Germany, focusing on developing the detection system for measuring and capturing LPS. Her doctoral program is registered at University of Salzburg (Austria) in the field of Medical Biology to obtain the title of Dr. rer. nat..