Main Activities

The Animal Cell Technology Unit, coordinated by Paula Alves, is a top research group that combines the knowledge and competences required to develop biopharmaceuticals and their integrated processing as well as in vitro tools for pre-clinical research. 

Our research focuses on four main areas:

Biopharmaceutical process development

Stem cell bioprocessing and cell therapy

Development of in-vitro models for pre-clinical research

Engineering cellular applications

Systems Biology


The unit is involved in several national and international projects under the 6th, 7th and H2020 Framework of European Commission Programs and has been a member of several Network of Excellence.
The group has been also carrying out several research projects for the BioPharma Industry and Biotech SMEs.

Additional information on the ACTU can also be found here.