Sandra Amado


Short Bio

Sandra Amado is a researcher at the Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (2016), and Neuromechanics Research Group at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human Kinetics – University of Lisbon (2012). Amado has a background in Physiotherapy (1997) and she is a Professor at the Health School Science, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal (2010). She obtained her PhD in 2012 on Human Kinetics – specialty of Physiotherapy, from the Faculty of Human Kinetics – University of Lisbon. She has developed and lectured several courses and MSc tracks and guided 50+ BSc students. Amado has published numerous scientific articles and has received several awards. Further, Amado serves on several editorial boards of journals indexed in the Web of Science; She is Co-chair of the International Conference on Advanced Research in Sustainable and Intelligent Manufacturing (RESIM), International Conference on Direct Digital Manufacturing and Polymers (ICDDMAP) and Symposium on Integrated Computational Tools for Advanced Manufacturing (ICT4AM). Her work has been related with the study of functional analysis after peripheral nerve injury using the rat model. Amado and coworkers were able to identify differences from 3D analysis of hindlimb movement during gait after different clinical intervention with different biomaterials for nerve regeneration. She has been working with multidisciplinary research teams like veterinarians, exercise physiologists, biologists, biomechanics, engineers, and medical doctors.

Recent Publications

  • Ribeiro J, Caseiro AR, Pereira T, Armada-da-Silva PAS, Pires I, Prada J, Amorim I, Leal Reis I, Amado S, Santos JD, Bompasso S, Raimondo S, Varejão ASP, Geuna S, Luís AL, Maurício AC. 2017. Evaluation of PVA biodegradable electric conductive membranes for nerve regeneration in axonotmesis injuries: the rat sciatic nerve animal model. J Biomed Mater Res Part A 2017:105A:1267–1280.
  • Sandra Amado, Pedro Morouço, Paula Pascoal-Faria and Nuno Alves. Tailoring Bioengineered Scaffolds for regenerative Medicine. In Biomaterials Applications for Nanomedicine Book, edited by Prof. Leszek A. Dobrzański. In press 2017
  • Morouço PG, Alves NM and Amado SC. The Role of Biomechanics in Tissue Engineering. Austin J Biomed Eng. 2016; 3(1): 1035.
  • Ribeiro J, Pereira T, Caseiro AR, Armada-da-Silva P, Pires I, Prada J, Amorim I, Amado S, França M, Gonçalves C, Lopes MA, Santos JD, Silva DM, Geuna S, Luís AL, Maurício AC. Evaluation of biodegradable electric conductive tube-guides and mesenchymal stem cells. World J Stem Cells 2015; In press ISSN 1948-0210 (online)
  • Pereira T, Gärtner A, Amorim I, Almeida A, Caseiro AR, Armada-da-Silva PA, Amado S, Fregnan F, Varejão AS, Santos JD, Bartolo PJ, Geuna S, Luís AL1, Mauricio AC. Promoting Nerve Regeneration in a Neurotmesis Rat Model Using Poly(DL-lactide-ε-caprolactone) Membranes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells from the Wharton's Jelly: In Vitro and In Vivo Analysis. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:302659. doi: 10.1155/2014/302659. Epub 2014 Jul 10


  • Bone2Move - Development of “in vivo” experimental techniques and modeling methodologies for the evaluation of 4D scaffolds on bone defect in sheep model: an integrative research approach co-financed by COMPETE2020 under the PT2020 programme, and supported by FCT (02/SAICT/2017), Project nº 31146. Starting date: 20 October 2018. Duration: 3 years. Total Budget 240 k. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Stimuli2BioScaffold - Stimuli modelling for BioScaffolds: from numerical modelling to in vitro tests co-financed by COMPETE2020 under the PT2020 programme, and supported by FCT (02/SAICT/2017). Starting date: 1 August 2018. Duration: 3 years. Total Budget 240 k. Role: Team member. Ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032554.
  • BIOMATE - A NOVEL BIO-MANUFACTURING SYSTEM TO PRODUCE BIOACTIVE SCAFFOLDS FOR TISSUE ENGINEERING (PTDC/EMS-SIS/7032/2014), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and European Union through the Centro2020 and Norte2020. Role: Colaborator.
  • 2bio4cartilage: Integrated intervention program for prevention and treatment of cartilage lesions), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Role: Investigator.