Dr Diana Costa

CICS-UBI Universidade Beira Interior  ―  Covilha – Portugal

“Exploring the potential of peptide-plasmid DNA vectors for gene delivery in cancer therapy

Diana Costa studied Chemistry at the Chemistry Department from the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She completed her PhD on the development of covalent DNA gels for delivery purposes, in 2009 at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. During her PhD studies, she also works at the Physical Chemistry Department from Lund University, Sweden and at the Karl-Franzens Institute from Graz University, Austria. She is currently a Principal Researcher at Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã Portugal (CICS-UBI). Her research focus in the area of Biotechnology/Biomaterials Engineering, mainly on the Biomolecular and Biomaterials research for the development of novel therapeutic systems (micro, nanoparticulated or others) for targeted and controlled drug and/or gene delivery on nuclear and mitochondrial gene therapies field. In this context, currently, her research area covers the development of cell-penetrating peptide based delivery systems to operate therapeutically in a broad range of clinical applications.

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