PhD Thesis Prizes

Best PhD Thesis Prize ITQB – 2014

Integrated functional genomics for improved manufacture of recombinant enveloped virus: transcriptional profiling and metabolic engineering of retrovirus producer cells
Ana Filipa Rodrigues
Supervisors: Ana Sofia Coroadinha and Wei-Shou Hu.

Best PhD Thesis Prize ITQB – 2012

Disclosing Carbon Monoxide Protection in Cerebral Ischemia: Insights into the cellular mechanisms.
Claúdia Queiroga
Supervisors: Helena Vieira and Paula M. Alves.

Best PhD Thesis Prize ITQB – 2010

Production Optimization of Rotavirus-Like Particles - A Systems Biology Approach.
António Roldão
Supervisors: Rui M. F. Oliveira and Manuel J. T. Carrondo.

Best PhD Thesis of Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research - 2010

Expression of Antibodies and Retroviral Vectors from Defined Chromosomal Sites: Strategies towards Reliable Production Systems
Leonor Norton
Supervisors: Hansjörg Hauser and Paula M. Alves.

Prizes in Conferences

3rd Poster Prize

A modular strategy for multi-HA influenza VLPs production: combining stable and baculovirus-mediated expresssion in insect cells.
Daniela P. Sequeira, Ricardo C. Correia, Manuel JT. Carrondo, Antonio Roldao, Ana P. Teixeira, Paula M. Alves.
25th ESACT Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland, 14-17 May 2017

Best Poster Presentation Prize

Engineering envelope glycoproteins for the establishment of stable cell lines for lentiviral vector production
Daniel Mestre
ESACT Frontiers Retreat, October 20th – 22nd 2016 in Lyon, France

Best Poster Snapshot

Expansion of 3D human induced pluripotent stem cell aggregates in bioreactors: bioprocess intensification and scaling-up approaches
Bernardo Abecasis, Tiago Aguiar, Émilie Arnault, Rita Costa, Patricia Gomes-Alves, Anders Aspegren, Margarida Serra, and Paula M. Alves
Scale-Up and Manufacturing of Cell-based Therapies V held in San Diego, California, USA (15-19 January 2016)

Poster in the Spotlight

Mimicking disease progression features by modulation of the tumor microenvironment in stirred-tank culture systems.
Marta F. Estrada, Sofia P. Rebelo, Vitor E. Santo, Emma J. Davies, Sofia Abreu, Marta T. Pinto, Wolfgang Sommergruber, Paula M. Alves, Elizabeth Anderson, Catarina Brito.
EACR24 (24th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research), Manchester, UK, July 2016

Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation

Towards improving predictability in pre-clinical research: human 3D neural in vitro model for assessment of gene therapy vectors.
Daniel Simão
19th Congress of the European Society of Toxicology in vitro (ESTIV) held in Juan-les-Pins, France (17-20 October 2016)

Best Oral Presentation

The interplay between CD81 and Hepatitis C virus envelope protein E2: impact on developing a HCV vaccine candidate
Hugo R. Soares, Rute Castro, Bertrand Bellier, David Klatzmann, Paula M. Alves, Manuel J. T. Carrondo and Ana S. Coroadinha
VI ITQB PhD Students’ Meeting, Oeiras, Portugal, November 2015

Young Investigator Award

A click chemistry approach to monitor and improve Influenza Virus-Like Particles Downstream Processing.
Sofia B. Carvalho, João M. Freire, Mafalda G. Moleirinho, Francisca Monteiro, Diana Gaspar, Miguel A.R.B. Castanho, M.J.T Carrondo, P. M. Alves, Gonçalo J.L. Bernardes, Cristina Peixoto.
Affinity 2015 Meeting (21st biennial meeting of the international society for molecular recognition), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, September 2015.

Best Poster Presentation

Improvement of enveloped virus based biopharmaceuticals production in mammalian cells 
Ana S. Formas-Oliveira, A.F. Rodrigues, P.M. Alves and A.S. Coroadinha
VI ITQB PhD Students' Meeting, Oeiras, Portugal, November 2015.

Best Poster Presentation

Improvement of enveloped virus based biopharmaceuticals production in mammalian cells 
Ana S. Formas-Oliveira, A.F. Rodrigues, P.M. Alves and A.S. Coroadinha
VI ITQB PhD Students' Meeting, Oeiras, Portugal, November 2015.

Best Poster Award - 2015

Filtration methodologies for the concentration and washing of human mesenchymal stem cells.
Bárbara Cunha, Tiago Aguiar, Marta M. Silva, Patrícia Gomes-Alves, Ricardo Silva, Cristina Peixoto, Margarida Serra, Manuel J.T. Carrondo, and Paula M. Alves
Scale-up and Manufacturing of Cell-Based Therapies IV. 19-22nd January 2015, San Diego, California, USA 

Best Abstract Award - 2014

Towards scalable production and cryopreservation of functional iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. Cláudia Correia, Margarida Serra, Nuno Espinha, Marcos Sousa, Catarina Brito, Karsten Burkert, Yunjie Zheng, Jürgen Hescheler, Manuel J.T. Carrondo, Tomo Šarić and Paula M. Alves. 3rd International Meeting “Scale-up and Manufacturing of Cell-Based Therapies”, organized by ECI (Engineering Conferences International) in San Diego, California, San Diego, USA, Jan 2014.

Best Poster Award - 2014

“Tweaking insect cell platforms for the production of multivalent VLPs: Metabolic profiling, pathway analysis and bioprocess optimization” - Francisca Monteiro, Vicente Bernal, Anis Hamdi, Petra Drncova, Maxime Chaillet, Imre Berger and Paula M. Alves. Vaccine Technology V Conference, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 8-13 June.

Best Poster Award - 2014

Development of 3D in vitro models for prediction of hepatic metabolism and toxicity.
Sofia Rebelo,  Rita Costa; Catarina Brito; Paula M Alves 
4th MIT Program conference: New frontiers for a sustainable prosperity. 27th June 2014, Coimbra, Portugal

Best Abstract Award - 2013

Modeling human neuronal functionality in vitro: 3D culture for neural differentiation and maturation
D. Simão , C. Pinto, M Serra, A. Teixeira, G. Schiavo, E. J. Kremer, P. M. Alves e C. Brito
8th International Meeting of the SPCE-TC, Faro, Portugal, Mai 2013.

3rd Best Poster Presentation - 2009

Lipid Metabolism as a Basis for Improved Manufacturing of Complex Bioproducts – The case of Retroviral Vectors
Ana F. Rodrigues, Marlene Carmo, Ana I. Amaral, Paula M. Alves and Ana S. Coroadinha
ESACT 2009, Dublin, Ireland, June 2009.

Best Poster Award - 2009

Cryopreservation of adherent cells: strategies to improve cell viability and function after thawing
R. Malpique, D. Ferreira, F. Ehrhart, A. Katsen-Globa, M. J. T. Carrondo, H. Zimmermann, P. M. Alves
2nd World Congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, Seul, South Korea, August 2009.

2nd Best Poster Presentation - 2009

Improved Cryopreservation Protocols for Brain Cells
R. Malpique, L. Osório, D. Ferreira, F. Ehrhart, H. Zimmermann and Paula M. Alves
ESACT 2009, Dublin, Ireland, June 2009.

Merck Best Student Poster Award - 2008

Novel techniques for characterization of double and triple-layered rotavirus-like particles
Candida Mellado, Ana Luísa Simplício, António Lopes, Manuel J.T. Carrondo, Paula M. Alves
Vaccine Technology II, Albufeira, Portugal, June 2008.

Merck Best Student Poster Award - 2008

Cell Culture and Cryopreservation in an Alginate Environment: Applications in Cell-Based Therapies and Toxicology Testing
Rita Malpique, Friederike Ehrhart, Alisa Katsen-Globa, Manuel J. T. Carrondo, Paula M. Alves, Heiko Zimmermann
Cell Culture Engineering XI, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia, April 2008.

1st Best Poster Presentation - 2007

Understanding anion exchange membrane chromatography: optimization of Rotavirus-Like Particles purification
Tiago Vicente, Marcos Sousa, Cristina Peixoto, Manuel J.T. Carrondo and Paula M. Alves
14th International Conference on Biopartitioning and Purification, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2007.

2nd Prize Poster Presentation - 2006

Screening Anion-Exchange Chromatographic Matrices for Isolation of Onco-Retroviral Vectors
Teresa Rodrigues, Andreia Carvalho, António Roldão, Manuel J.T. Carrondo, Paula M. Alves, Pedro E. Cruz
European Downstream Technology Forum, Göttingen, Germany, May 2006.

1st Best Poster Presentation - 2003

Cell growth arrest by nucleotides, nucleosides and bases as a tool for improved production of recombinant proteins.
Ana V. Carvalhal, Sónia Sá Santos, Mathias Haury, Manuel J.T. Carrondo
18th Meeting of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology, Granada, May 2003

1st Best Poster Presentation - 2003

Alternative Approaches to Culture Brain Cells in Stirred Tank Bioreactors.
Paula M Alves, Sónia Sá Santos, Luis L. Fonseca, Miguel AR Monteiro & Manuel J.T. Carrondo
First World Congress on Regenerative Medicine, Leipzig, October 2003

1st Best Poster Presentation - 2002

Controlled Growth of Animal Cells for Biopharmaceutical Production.
Ana Carvalhal, José Calado, Sónia Sá Santos, Manuel J.T. Carrondo
Cell Culture Engineering VIII, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA, April 2002

Scientific Merit Prizes and Recognitions


Paula M. Alves, Nominated President of the “European Society for Animal Cell Technology” (ESACT), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017.

Scientific Prize

Catarina Brito, Santander Totta/Universidade Nova de Lisboa Award, 2015.

Scientific Prize

Gonçalo Real, Pfizer – Sociedade de Ciências Médicas Award, 2014.

Student Merit Award

Ana Filipa Rodrigues, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB-UNL, Portugal), 2014.

Paula M. Alves, Nominated Vice-Director, European Society for Animal Cell Technology (ESACT), Lille, France, 2013
Scientific Prize

Ana Barbas, Terry Fox Grants Award, 2012

Scientific Prize

Ana Barbas, L’Oréal Portugal Award for Women in Science, 2011

Scientific Prize Santander Totta - 2008

Paula M. Alves, Santander Totta/Universidade Nova de Lisboa Scientific Merit Prize, 2008


Manuel J. T. Carrondo, Medal of Merit, European Society for Animal Cell Technology (ESACT), Dresden, Germany, 2007


Paula M. Alves, Elected to Executive Board (Secretary), European Society for Animal Cell Technology (ESACT), Dresden, Germany, 2007

Scientific Prize - French PhD Association

Paula M. Alves, French PhD Association, 2005