GIR team Joana Magalhaes

Joana Magalhães

Postdoctoral Researcher. BSc Biology, Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal).

PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Postdoctoral Researcher, FPNS.


Joana Magalhães holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2005. In 2008, she obtained a European Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, by Complutense University (Spain) with summa cum laude distinction. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at INIBIC-CICA Consortium, Coordinator of the Regenerative Medicine Unit, of the Rheumatology Research Group (INIBIC), led by Francisco J. Blanco, Full-Member of CIBER-BBN and an Invited Professor at 3 Inter-University Master Programs and a MOOC on Biomaterials, at the Universities of A Coruña and Vigo. Previous positions include a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Networking Biomedical Research Center (CIBER) and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship in CSIC (Spain), supervised by Prof. Julio San Roman, with mobility stays at the University of Sheffield (UK), with Prof. Paul V. Hatton and the University of Minho (PT), with Prof. Rui L. Reis.

She has a multidisciplinary profile in fabrication and characterization of natural and synthetic polymeric biomaterials and the development of therapeutic tools using human mesenchymal stromal cells and chondrogenic differentiation with application in musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis. In addition, Joana Magalhães also develops STEAM-for-health communication strategies involving different media (television, radio, new media) and is an advocate for Open Science initiatives that enroll young girls into STEAM and that promote women in science role models (

She has been involved in 16 projects as investigator and 4 projects as Principal Investigator, attracting funding of more than €2M. Author of 12 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Author of 3 licensed IP. Her work in the field of social communication of science has received several international distinctions and awards (Ciencia en Acción, MEDEA Awards, Madrid IFF, etc). Editorial Board Member of Open Access Journals: Stem Cell: Advanced Research & Therapy (Gavin Publishers) and Biomaterials Research (Biomed Central). Spanish National Chapter Representative of the Young Scientist Forum in Biomaterials from the European Society of Biomaterials and founder member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (Iberian Chapter). She currently serves as a board member of AMIT-Galician Node.