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Dr. Maria Santos-Martinez
Associate Professor, Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine


Dr Maria J Santos-Martinez is a medical doctor Specialist in Respiratory Medicine from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). She started her training as basic researcher in The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases at UTHealth (University of Texas Health Science-Houston-USA) in 2004. In 2006 she moved to Ireland and defended her PhD in 2009 (Trinity College Dublin).

She was appointed as Assistant Professor (Ussher) in Nanopharmaceutical Drug Discovery (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences & School of Medicine) in 2010.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Amelia Ultimo, Mar Orzaez, Maria J Santos-Martinez, Ramón Martínez-Máñez, María D Marcos, Félix Sancenón, Eduardo Ruiz-Hernández, High-capacity mesoporous silica nanocarriers of siRNA for applications in retinal delivery, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24, (3), 2023, p2753- Journal Article, 2023 URL

Amet R, Previtali V, Mihigo HB, Sheridan E, Brophy S, Hante NK, Santos-Martinez MJ, Hayden PJ, Browne PV, Rozas I, McElligott AM, Zisterer DM. , 6. A novel aryl-guanidinium derivative, VP79s, targets the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 signaling pathway, downregulates myeloid cell leukaemia-1 and exhibits preclinical activity against multiple myeloma. , Life Sciences., 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Menzel V, Ziegler M, Hante NK, Sake JA, Santos-Martinez MJ, Ehrhardt C, Kasper M, Barth K. , 4. Fyn-kinase and caveolin-1 in the alveolar epithelial junctional adherence complex contribute to the early stages of pulmonary fibrosis, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 175, 2022, p106- Journal Article, 2022

Hajtuch J, Santos-Martinez MJ, Wojcik M, Tomczyk E, Jaskiewicz M, Kamysz W, Narajczyk M, Inkielewicz-Stepniak I. , 5. Lipoic Acid-Coated Silver Nanoparticles: Biosafety Potential on the Vascular Microenvironment and Antibacterial Properties. , Frontiers Pharmacology, 2022, p733- Journal Article, 2022

McNamee N, Rodriguez de la Fuente L, Santos-Martinez MJ, O"Driscoll, 2. Proteomics profiling identifies extracellular vesicles" cargo associated with tumour cell induced platelet aggregation, Cancer, 22, (1), 2022, p1023- Journal Article, 2022

Hajtuch J, Iwicka E, Szczoczarz A, Flis D, Megiel E, Cieciórski P, Radomski MW, Santos-Martinez MJ, Inkielewicz-Stepniak I, 3. The pharmacological effects of silver nanoparticles functionalized with eptifibatide on platelets and endothelial cells. , International Journal of Nanomedicine, 17, 2022, p4383- Journal Article, 2022

Smeaton T; McElwaine P; Cullen J; Santos-Martinez MJ; Deasy E; Widdowson M; Grimes T., A prospective observational pilot study of adverse drug reactions contributing to hospitalization in a cohort of middle-aged adults aged 45-64 years., Drugs & Therapy Perspectives , 36, 2020, p123 - 130 Journal Article, 2020 Other

Vasconcelos JM, Zen F, Angione MD, Cullen RJ, Santos-Martinez MJ, Colavita PE. , Understanding the Carbon-Bio Interface: Influence of Surface Chemistry and Buffer Composition on the Adsorption of Phospholipid Liposomes at Carbon Surfaces., ACS Applied Bio Materials., 3, (2), 2020, p997 - 1007 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Jakub Radosław Pêkala, Przemysław Andrzej Pêkala, Iwona Maria Tomaszewska, Maria Jose Santos-Martinez, Marek Radomski, Mateusz Paweł Paziewski, Paweł Melchior Pasieka, Krzysztof Andrzej Tomaszewski., Aluminium Nanoparticles Released by Joint Implants‐Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Analysis., The FASEB Journal, Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 meeting, , San Diego, 4th-7th April 2020, 34, (S1), 2020 Poster, 2020 URL

Svenja Sladek, Fiona McCartney, Mena Eskander, David J. Dunne, Maria Jose Santos-Martinez, Federico Benetti, Lidia Tajber, David J. Brayden, An Enteric-Coated Polyelectrolyte Nanocomplex Delivers Insulin in Rat Intestinal Instillations when Combined with a Permeation Enhancer, Pharmaceutics, 12, (3), 2020, p259 Journal Article, 2020

Paweł Melchior Pasieka; Krzysztof Marycz; Marek Radomski; Maria Jose Santos-Martinez; Przemysław Andrzej Pękala; Iwona Tomaszewska; Krzysztof Andrzej Tomaszewski., Cobalt Nanoparticles Cause Major Platelet Aggregation In Vitro While Chromium Nanoparticles Induce Platelet Lysis In Vitro., The FASEB Journal, Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 meeting, , San Diego, 4th-7th April 2020, 34, (S1), 2020 Poster, 2020 URL

Machado Cruz R, Santos-Martinez MJ, Tajber L., Impact of polyethylene glycol polymers on the physicochemical properties and mucoadhesivity of itraconazole nanoparticles., European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 144, 2019, p57 - 67 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Hante NK, Medina C, Santos-Martinez MJ., Effect on Platelet Function of Metal-Based Nanoparticles Developed for Medical Applications., Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine., (6), 2019, p139- Journal Article, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

Justyna Hajtuch, Nadhim Hante, Ewelina Tomczyk, Michal Wojcik, Marek Witold Radomski, Maria Jose Santos-Martinez, Iwona Inkielewicz-Stepniak,

Effects of functionalized silver nanoparticles on aggregation of human blood platelets

, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Volume 14, 2019, p7399--7417 Journal Article, 2019

Inkielewicz-Stepniak I, Tajber L, Behan G, Zhang H, Radomski MW, Medina C, Santos-Martinez MJ, The Role of Mucin in the Toxicological Impact of Polystyrene Nanoparticles, Materials, 11, (5), 2018, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Pharmacology of Haemostasis and Thrombosis in, Velazquez Farmacologia Basica y Clinica (19th Edition) , Ed. Medica Panamericana, 2018, [Santos-Martinez MJ; Radomski MW; Medina C.] Book Chapter, 2018

Larkin CM, Breen EP, Tomaszewski KA, Eisele S, Radomski MW, Ryan TA, Santos-Martinez MJ, Platelet microaggregation in sepsis examined by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation technology., Platelets, 29, (3), 2018, p301 - 304 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Nam, L.; Coll, C.; Erthal, L.C.S.; de la Torre, C.; Serrano, D.; Martínez-Máñez, R.; Santos-Martínez, M.J.; Ruiz-Hernández, E., Drug delivery nanosystems for the localized treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, Materials, 11, (5), 2018, p779- Review Article, 2018 DOI

Keogh AP; Hante N; Santos-Martinez MJ; Kelly B; Rozas I. , 4. Exploring the polypharmacology of 2-amino imidazoline derivatives: Antiaggregatory activity in human platelets, Medicinal Chemistry Ireland Conference 2018, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, June , 2018 Meeting Abstract, 2018

Umerska A, Paluch KJ, Santos-Martinez MJ, Corrigan OI, Medina C, Tajber L, 1. Freeze drying of polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles: Effect of nanoparticle composition and cryoprotectant selection, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 552, (1-2), 2018, p27 - 38 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Chan Guo Gin C; Lam C; Hante N; Keogh AP; Kelly B, Rozas I; Santos-Martinez MJ. , Effect of novel H2-receptor selective compounds on platelet aggregation, Pharmacology 2018, London, 18-20 December 2018, 2018 Meeting Abstract, 2018

Larkin CM, Hante NK, Breen EP, Tomaszewski KA, Eisele S, Radomski MW, Ryan TA, Santos-Martinez MJ, Role of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9, toll-like receptor 4 and platelet-leukocyte aggregate formation in sepsis-associated thrombocytopenia., PloS one, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Radziwon-Balicka A, Lesyk G, Back V, Fong T, Loredo-Calderon EL, Dong B, El-Sikhry H, El-Sherbeni AA, El-Kadi A, Ogg S, Siraki A, Seubert JM, Jurasz P, Differential eNOS-signalling by platelet subpopulations regulates adhesion and aggregation., Cardiovascular research, 113, (14), 2017, p1719 - 1731 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Cruz R; Bowe R; Santos-Martinez MJ; Tajber L, 3. Investigation of interactions of pegylated and non-pegylated itraconazole nanoparticles with mucin using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation and dynamic light scattering, AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, USA, 12-15 November, 2017 Meeting Abstract, 2017

Mugheirbi N; Zotova J; Umerska AM; Santos-Martinez MJ; Tajber L, Novel surfactant-stabilized ciprofloxacin nanodispersions made by media milling; interactions with physiological barriers using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, USA, 12-15 November, 2017 Meeting Abstract, 2017

Mugheirbi N, Zotova J, Umerska AM, Santos-Martinez MJ, Tajber L. , Novel surfactant-stabilized ciprofloxacin nanodispersions made by media milling; interactions with physiological barriers using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, USA, 12-15 November, 2017 Meeting Abstract, 2017

Larkin, C.M., Santos-Martinez, M.-J., Ryan, T., Radomski, M.W., Sepsis-associated thrombocytopenia, Thrombosis Research, 141, 2016, p11-16 Review Article, 2016 DOI

Umerska A, Paluch KJ, Santos-Martinez MJ, Medina C, Corrigan OI, Tajber L, Chondroitin-based nanoplexes as peptide delivery systems--Investigations into the self-assembly process, solid-state and extended release characteristics., European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 93, 2015, p242 - 253 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Tomaszewski KA, Radomski MW, Santos-Martinez MJ. , Nanodiagnostics, Nanopharmacology and Nanotoxicology of Platelet - Vessel Wall Interactions., Nanomedicine (Lond.), 10, (9), 2015, p1451 - 1475 Review Article, 2015 DOI

Niska, K., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Radomski, M.W., Inkielewicz-Stepniak, I. , CuO nanoparticles induce apoptosis by impairing the antioxidant defense and detoxification systems in the mouse hippocampal HT22 cell line: protective effect of crocetin, Toxicology in vitro, 29, 2015, p663 - 671 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Tomaszewski, K., Medina, C., Bazou, D., Gilmer, J.F., Radomski, M.W. , Pharmacological characterization of nanoparticle-induced platelet microaggregation using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation: comparison with light aggregometry, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 10, 2015, p5107 - 5119 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text

Samuel S., Santos-Martinez M., Medina C., Jain N., Radomski MW., Prina-Mello A., Volkov Y., CdTe quantum dots induce activation of human platelets: Implications for nanoparticle hemocompatibility, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 10, 2015, p2723-2734 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Gaffney, A.M., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Satti, A., (...), Elia, G., Radomski, M.W. , Blood biocompatibility of surface-bound multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 11, (1), 2015, p39-46 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Gaffney, A.M., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Satti, A., Major, T.C., Wynne, K.J., Gun'ko, Y.K., Annich, G.M., Elia, G., Radomski, M.W, Blood biocompatibility of surface-bound multiwall carbon nanotubes. , Nanomedicine: NBM Feature Article, 11, 2015, p39 - 46 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Inkielewicz-Stepniak, I., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Medina, C., Radomski, M.W. , Pharmacological and toxicological effects of co-exposure of human gingival fibroblasts to silver nanoparticles and sodium fluoride, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 9, 2014, p1677 - 1687 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Rahme, K., Corbalan, J.J., Faulkner, C., Holmes, J., Tajber, L., Medina, C., Radomski, M.W. , Pegylation increases platelet biocompatibility of gold nanoparticles. , Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 10, 2014, p1004 - 1015 Journal Article, 2014 URL

N Glezeva, M Santos-Martinez, C Watson, K Mcdonald, C Medina, J Gilmer, M Ledwidge, Inhibition of thromboxane pathways in monocytes impedes cell invasiveness, European Journal of Heart Failure, 16, 2014, pp208-209 Conference Paper, 2014

Umerska A, Paluch KJ, Santos-Martinez MJ, Corrigan OI, Medina C, Tajber L, Self-assembled hyaluronate/protamine polyelectrolyte nanoplexes: synthesis, stability, biocompatibility and potential use as peptide carriers, Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 10, (12), 2014, p3658 - 3673 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

D'Arcy DM; Connell Y; Santos-Martinez MJ, 6. Clinically relevant dissolution testing: exploring albumin concentrations in testing of parenteral formulations, 10th Central European Symposium on Pharmaceutical Technology (CESPT) Conference, Portoro , Slovenija, 2014 Meeting Abstract, 2014

Radziwon-Balicka A, Santos-Martinez MJ, Corbalan JJ, O'Sullivan S, Treumann A, Gilmer JF, Radomski MW, Medina C, Mechanisms of platelet-stimulated colon cancer invasion: role of clusterin and thrombospondin 1 in regulation of the P38MAPK-MMP-9 pathway., Carcinogenesis, 35, (2), 2014, p324 - 332 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Lesniak, A., Salvati, A., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Radomski, M.W., Dawson, K.A., Aberg, C. , Nanoparticle adhesion to the cell membrane and its effect on nanoparticle uptake efficiency, Journal of American Chemical Society, 135, 2013, p1438 - 1444 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Umerska A, Paluch KJ, Inkielewicz-Stępniak I, Santos-Martinez MJ, Corrigan OI, Medina C, Tajber L., Exploring the assembly process and properties of novel crosslinker-free hyaluronate-based polyelectrolyte complex nanocarriers, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 436, (1-2), 2012, p75 - 87 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Medina C, Harmon S, Inkielewicz I, Santos-Martinez MJ, Jones M, Cantwell P, Bazou D, Ledwidge M, Radomski MW, Gilmer JF., Differential Inhibition of Tumor Cell-Induced Platelet Aggregation by Nicotinate Aspirin Prodrug (ST0702) and Aspirin., British Journal of Pharmacology, 166, (3 ), 2012, p938 - 949 Journal Article, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Inkielewicz-Stepniak, I., Medina, C., Rahme, K., D'Arcy, D., Holmes J.D., Zhang, H., Radomski, M.W, The use of quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation for studying nanoparticle-induced platelet aggregation. , International Journal of Nanomedicine, 7, 2012, p243 - 255 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Wahab, A.; Rahayu, I; Wong, Siu Hai N.; Santos-Martinez, M J ; Boylan, F., Alkaloids from Choisya ternata and their human antiplatelet activity., Planta Medica, International Conference on Natural Products Research, New York, USA, 2012, 78, (11), 2012, pp1205- Conference Paper, 2012

Harmon, S., Inkielewicz-Stepniak, I., Jones, M., Ledwidge, Santos-Martinez, M.J., Medina, C., Radomski, M.W., Gilmer, J.F, Mechanisms of aggregation inhibition by aspirin and nitrate-aspirin prodrugs in human platelets, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 64, (1), 2012, p77 - 89 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Bazou D, Santos-Martinez MJ, Medina C, radomski MW, Elucidation of flow-mediated tumour cell-induced platelet aggregation using an ultrasound standing wave trap, British journal of Pharmacology, 162, (7), 2011, p1577 - 1589 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Prina-Mello, A., Medina, C., Radomski, M.W. , Analysis of platelet function: role of microfluidics and nanodevices, Analyst, 136, 2011, p5120 - 5126 Review Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Medina C, Santos-Martinez MJ, Santana A, Paz-Cabrera MC, Johnston MJ, Mourelle M, Salas A, Guarner F., Transforming growth factor-beta type 1 receptor (ALK5) and Smad proteins mediate TIMP-1 and collagen synthesis in experimental intestinal fibrosis., The Journal of Pathology, 224, (4), 2011, p461 - 472 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Santos-Martinez, MJ, Medina, C, Prina-Mello, A, Conroy, J, Samuels, SP, Volkov, Y, Radomski, MW, A nanoscale resolution assay of flow-induced platelet microaggregation, Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, 7, (4), 2010, p365-375 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Santos-Martinez MJ, A novel method for the measurement of flow-induced platelet activation at nanoscale resolution Level., TCD, 2009 Thesis, 2009

Jones, M., Inkielewicz, I., Medina, C., Santos-Martinzez, M.J., Radomski, M.W., Radomski, A., Lally, M.N., Moriarty, L.M., Gaynor, J., Carolan, C.G., Coyne, D., O'Byrne, P., Clancy, J.M., Gilmer, J.F. , Isosorbide-based aspirin prodrugs: integration of nitric oxide releasing groups. , Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 52, (21), 2009, p6588-6598 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Gilmer JF, Inkielewicz I, Jones M, Radomski A, Medina C, Santos Martinez MW, Radomski MW, Clancy JM, In vitro activation and platelet inhibition effects of the first true aspirin and nitro-aspirin prodrugs, Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, IBC's 13th Annual World Congress " Drug Discovery and Development of Innovative Therapeutics" August 4-7th 2008. , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Santos-Martínez MJ, Medina C, Jurasz P, Radomski MW., Role of metalloproteinases in platelet function, Thrombosis Research, 121, 2008, p535 - 542 Review Article, 2008

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Medina, C., Gilmer, J.F., Radomski, M.W. , Matrix metalloproteinases in platelet function: coming of age. , Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 6, (3), 2008, p514-516 Review, 2008 DOI URL

Medina, C., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Radomski, A., Corrigan, O.I., Radomski, M.W., Nanoparticles: pharmacological and toxicological significance, British Journal of Pharmacology, 150, 2007 Review Article, 2007 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Jurasz, P., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Radomska, A., Radomski, M.W. , Development and pharmacological characterization of a novel, plasma-based angiogenesis assay, Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, 4, (2), 2007, p126 - 130 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Santos-Martinez MJ, Medina C, Booth J, Radomski W. , A novel method for the measurement of platelet aggregation under flow conditions using Nanobalance, All-Ireland Schools of Pharmacy Research Seminar , Royal College of Surgeons, 2007 , 2007 Oral Presentation, 2007

Rosell A, Xaubet A, Agusti C, Castella J, Puzo C, Curull V, de Gracia J; RASTA study group., A NEW BAL FLUID INSTILLATION AND ASPIRATION TECHNIQUE: A MULTICENTER RANDOMIZED STUDY. , Respir Med. Mar;100(3):529-535., 2006 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Alonso-Escolano, D., Medina, C., Cieslik, K., Radomski, A., Jurasz, P., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Jiffar, T., Ruvolo, P., Radomski, M.W, Protein Kinase C{delta} Mediates Platelet-Induced Breast Cancer Cell Invasion, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 318, 2006, p372 - 380 Journal Article, 2006 DOI URL

Medina, C., Jurasz, P., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Jeong, S.S., Mitzky, R., Chen, R., Radomski, M.W. , Platelet aggregation induced by Caco-2 cells: regulation by matrix metalloproteinase-2 and adenosine diphosphate, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 317, (2), 2006, p739 - 745 Journal Article, 2006 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

D Alonso-Escolano, C Medina, K Cieslik, A Radomski, P Jurasz, MJ Santos-Martinez, P Ruvolo, MW Radomski, PKCä Mediates Platelet-Induced Breast Cancer Cell Invasion, Journal of Pharmacology Experimental therapeutics, 318, 2006, p373 - 380 Journal Article, 2006 TARA - Full Text

Jurasz, P., Santos-Martinez, M.J., A. Radomska, Radomski, M.W. , Generation of platelet angiostatin mediated by urokinase plasminogen activator: effects of angiogenesis, Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 4, (5), 2006, p1095 - 1106 Journal Article, 2006 DOI URL

Santos-Martínez MJ, Curull V, Blanco ML, Macià F, Mojal S, Vila J, Broquetas JM, [Lung cancer at a university hospital: epidemiological and histological characteristics of a recent and a historical series], Archivos de bronconeumologia, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Jericó Alba C, Nogués Solán X, Santos Martínez MJ, Félez Flor M, Garcés Jarque JM, Mariñosa Marré M, Sanz Salvador X, [Legionella pneumophila pneumonia community epidemic outbreak in Barcelona: "The Barceloneta outbreak". Effect on the early diagnosis and treatment], Revista clinica espanola, 2004 Journal Article, 2004

María Molina-Molina, Joan Ramon Badia, Alejandra Marín-Arguedas, Antoni Xaubet, María José Santos, José María Nicolás, Miguel Ferrer, Antoni Torres, Características clínicas y pronóstico de los pacientes con fibrosis pulmonar que ingresan en cuidados intensivos por insuficiencia respiratoria. Análisis de 20 casos, Medicina Clínica, 121, (2), 2003, p63--67 Journal Article, 2003

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gilmer JGF, Ryan F, Seoighe A, Santos-Martinez MJ, Ryan C, Ledwidge M., 7. Iron deficiency in Women of Childbearing Age with Self-reported Oral Iron Gastrointestinal Intolerance and Management with an oral Iron-Whey-Protein Formulation. , medRxiv, 2021 Report, 2021

Santos-Martinez, M.J., Medina, C., Radomska, A., Radomski, M.W., Clinician-scientist: a hobby for few, career prospects for some and training for all practicioners? , 2005, 17-19 Report, 2005

Research Expertise


Dr Santos-Martinez research interests are focused on blood platelets biology and pharmacology; nanoparticle-cell and nanoparticle-blood platelets interactions (Nanotoxicology/Biocompatibility of nanomaterials) and cancer. During her PhD studies she developed a novel method for measuring platelet aggregation using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). This is a unique and extremely sensitive technology able to quantify and characterise surface-molecules-cells interactions at nanoscale. Her expertise on the use of QCM-D has been consolidated and she applies this technology for investigating 1) the effect of different compounds, nanomaterials and novel formulations on platelet function and 2) the interactions between nanoparticles developed for drug delivery, their targets and the potential barriers that they have to overcome to exert their action. In the field of cancer, her research is mainly focused on the contribution of platelets to cancer progression (tumor invasion, angiogenesis and blood metastasis).





Reviewer:PNAS; Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Nanomedicine); Critical Care Medicine, Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Awards and Honours

Dean's Research Initiatives Fund (Faculty of Health Sciences, TCD) 2015

Innovation Award CRANN 2010

Catalan Respiratory Medicine Association (FUCAP) 2003

Catalan Respiratory Medicine Association (SOCAP) 2003

Spanish Respiratory Medicine Association (SEPAR) 2002


COST Action 17140 'Cancer nanomedicine - from the bench to the bedside'(NANO2CLINIC) 2018 – date

Irish Association of Pharmacologists (IAP) 2017 – date

Member and co-founder of the Spanish Research Society in Ireland 2016 – date

Spanish Respiratory Medicine Association (SEPAR) 2002 – date