Andreia Vilaça was born on the 28th of April 1992 in Leiria (Portugal). She received her Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Molecular Biomedicine in 2013 from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She received her Master Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In the last year of her Master, she performed her internship at the Experimental Cardiology lab at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Hamid el Azzouzi on unloading driven cardiac regeneration. Later, in August 2016, Andreia joined the lab of Dr. Lino Ferreira to work with light-triggerable nanoparticles for the delivery miRNAs in endothelial cells for wound healing.
Recently she joined the lab of Prof. Leon de Windt where she will work on a joint PhD programme with the University of Coimbra, to identify key modulators of cardiomyocyte division their role in cardiac regeneration.