Livia Santas

Livia Rocha Dos Santos

Independent Research Fellow

Science and Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Lívia Santos is as an 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 has multidisciplinary interests spanning across biology and engineering. Her current research focuses on establishing cell culture models relevant to ageing research and in developing organ-on-a-chip technology.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

External activity

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 (co-supervisor).

NTU, Vice-chancellor PhD Studentship (co-supervisor).

NTU (£35,000). Modelling and emulating 3D multi-tissue interactions by microfluidic chip technology (Principal Investigator).

NTU (£14,000). New Biomaterials in Tendon Healing (Co-Investigator).

Marie Curie Actions, FP7 (€209,000). Individual Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship.

FCT/ISF (€8,000). Preservation and use of adult stem cells, and the use of biomaterials scaffolds for clinical applications, (Co-Principal Investigator).

FCT (€74,000). Individual Post-Doc Fellowship.



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Press expertise

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