Ms Isabela Monteiro

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Isabela commenced her doctoral studies at University of Auckland in November 2016, combining synthetic materials with biological molecules to better understand stem cell behavior. She has a Bachelor of Science and Technology with specialization in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After one and a half year of internships at large multinational companies, she realized that her major interest was to follow an academic career in science. In her Ph.D. research conducted with Dr. Jenny Malmström, Isabela applies advanced materials characterization techniques to investigate cell responses to micro- and nanoengineered surfaces.

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2017-2019

ENGGEN 403: Managing a Busines (marking only)

CHEMMAT 753: Biomaterials and Applications

CHEMMAT 121: Materials Science


  • First place in the Oral Presentation category at Chemical & Materials Engineering 2019 PhD Symposium, September 2019.

  • MESA International Travel Grant - Auckland New Zealand, July 2019.

  • Third place in oral presentation (Student Presentation Prize) at the 9th Conference of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology - AMN9, Wellington, New Zealand, February 2019.

  • Scholarship for participation in the University of Auckland Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative (DALI), 2018.

  • First place in poster presentation at the International Conference on BioNano Innovation (ICBNI), The University of Queensland, September 2017.

  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship to support doctoral study at the University of Auckland for 42 months starting from November 2016.

  • First place in poster presentation at the Workshop of Innovation on Biomedical Engineering (WIEB), Federal University of Sao Paulo, October 2015.

Areas of expertise

  • Nano-bio interfaces
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Biomaterials

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Monteiro A, I., Kollmetz, T., Musson, D. S., McGlashan, S. R., & Malmström J (2020). Polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide thin films: In vitro cytocompatibility and protein adsorption testing. Biointerphases, 15 (1)10.1116/1.5135062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jenny Malmstrom, David Musson, Sue McGlashan
  • Monteiro A, I., Kollmetz, T., & Malmström J (2018). Engineered systems to study the synergistic signaling between integrin-mediated mechanotransduction and growth factors (Review). Biointerphases, 13 (6)10.1116/1.5045231
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jenny Malmstrom


Contact details

Alternative contact

Phone: +64221829255

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1059
New Zealand

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