Dr Fernanda Zamboni

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Postdoctoral Researcher, QUT


Dr Zamboni completed her undergraduate training as a pharmacist at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  Then, she obtained a first-class honours M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Device Materials at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she was awarded a national scholarship of the highly competitive Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Scheme, of which only 21 were available nationally. Dr Zamboni followed to complete her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland, during which she was awarded the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and the ERASMUS+ Traineeship mobility grant. Part of her Ph.D. project was conducted in collaboration with the I3B’s Research Group (Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics) at the University of Minho, Portugal. Dr Zamboni was also awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (success rate of 10%) for the period of 2 years. Part of her postdoctoral project was conducted in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Both her PhD and postdoctoral projects focused on hyaluronic acid and its involvement in immune modulation, specifically HA turnover changes (upregulation of either hyaluronidase or hyaluronan synthase) in healthy and diseased tissues. Currently, Dr Zamboni is a postdoctoral research fellow at QUT, working in the research group lead by D/Prof Dietmar Hutmacher.

Up to this day, she has secured over AUD 350K in individual research funding, and as a result of her work, she has published 4 book chapters, 19 research articles, and has been cited over 500 times, conferring a H-index of 13. Dr Zamboni has peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Biological Macromolecules and the journal Carbohydrate Polymers, and she is currently an early-career editorial board member for the journal In Vitro Models. She has also participated in several, national and international research events, accounting for 40 conference abstracts, and 5 prizes. Dr Zamboni is also a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, European Society for Biomaterials, Matrix Biology Ireland and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).


Research Focus

Biomaterials, Hyaluronic acid, Tissue engineering, Immune modulation