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Livia Rocha Dos Santos

Senior Independent Research Fellow

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr. Lívia Santos is a Senior Independent Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal Biology in the School of Science and Technology.

Career overview

Prior to her current position, Dr Santos worked in world-class research groups, the 3Bs Research Group, University of Minho & European Headquarters for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Portugal (2014-2006) and the Stevens Group, Imperial College London (2012-2014). At 3Bs, she developed an immunomodulatory biomaterial to facilitate tendon gliding while reducing the formation of post-operative peritendinous adhesions. She also taught the modules of Tissue Engineering and Biocompatibility Labs (Integrated MSc in Biomedical Engineering, University of Minho). At Imperial, she received a highly prestigious Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship (Marie Curie actions FP7) to investigate bone angiogenesis. In this period she also characterised the genetic cargo of microvesicles shed by bone cells using miRNA PCR arrays. While an active member, the Stevens group received the prizes Research Group of the Year 2014 and Best European Research Group Led by PI Under 40s. Before these positions, Dr Santos received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) to conduct research at Biosckin - Molecular and Cellular Therapies SA & Faculty of Engineering of Porto (2008-20012). In this period, she developed and tested an injectable bone to fill critical size bone defects and invented an artificial cornea fringe made of reinforced calcium phosphate aiming to restore the vision in patients with corneal blindness.

Dr. Santos obtained a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2008 from the University of Minho, Portugal. She was supervised by Joana Azeredo, Associate Professor of the MIT-Portugal Program.

Research areas

Dr. Santos is an active member of the Health and Wellbeing Research Theme and the Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials Research Theme, NTU. She has multidisciplinary interests spanning across biology and engineering.

If you are interested in carrying out a Ph.D. in the research areas listed above or any related areas, please feel free to contact Dr. Livia Santos for further information ( A programme of fully-funded Ph.D. studentships for UK, EU or international students at NTU is now open for application until the 14th February at 12.00 noon GMT 2020.

External activity

Dr Santos is regularly invited to peer review papers and grant applications.

Invited Talk Acellular biomaterials in tissue regeneration, Seminar Series, Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine, Medical School, QMC, Nottingham

Invited Talk Biological assessment of magnetically actuated biomaterials, 1st International Symposium for Women Researchers on Advanced Science and Technology, Kyushu Institute for Technology, Fukuoka, Japan.

Sponsors and collaborators


  • DTA/COFUND PhD Studentship (main supervisor), Nottingham UK.
  • NTU, Vice-chancellor PhD Studentship (co-supervisor), Nottingham, UK
  • NTU (£35,000). Modelling and emulating 3D multi-tissue interactions by microfluidic chip technology (Principal Investigator), Nottingham, UK
  • NTU (£14,000). New Biomaterials in Tendon Healing (Co-Investigator), Nottingham, UK
  • Marie Curie Actions, FP7 (€209,000). Individual Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship. Imperial College London, London UK
  • FCT/ISF (€8,000). Preservation and use of adult stem cells, and the use of biomaterials scaffolds for clinical applications, (Co-Principal Investigator). Biosckin SA and Champalimaud Foundation. Porto, Portugal & Hyderabad, India
  • FCT  (€3,000). Visiting Post-Doc at the Biomaterial Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
  • FCT (€74,000). Individual Post-Doc Fellowship. Biosckin SA & Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
  • FCT  (€3,000). Visiting PhD student at the Biomaterials Research Group, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University, Birmingham, UK



See all of Livia Santos's publications...

Press expertise

  • Regenerative medicine
  • Exercise and stem/ bone cells
  • Bone ageing