Daniel started his Integrated Masters in Bioengineering at the University of Porto (Portugal) in 2011. During undergraduate studies, he was interested in the development of life support systems for cell culture and plant research in extreme environments, including in Space conditions. Daniel finished his studies in 2016 and then worked as a research assistant in the field of gravitational cell biology at Otto von Guericke Magdeburg University (Germany) and Aarhus University (Denmark).
In February 2019, Daniel started working as a PhD student at CTR MERLN under supervision of Dr. Stefan Giselbrecht to design and fabricate a modular microfluidic bioreactor for real-time monitorization and culture of in vitro human thyroid organoids. The main goal is to develop a more sensitive and reliable 3D in vitro assays that enable identification of new endocrine disruptors. In this PhD project, Daniel will develop membranous carriers for 3D thyroid organoids and bioprinted tissues, which will be then coupled with sensors for multiphase detection of metabolic and biomarkers.