Ricardo Abreu was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1993. Ricardo got his Bsc in Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, in 2014. In the same year, he moved to Coimbra, where he completed his Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, at the University of Coimbra, in 2016. His master thesis project was developed in the Molecular Cardiology group of the Department of Cardiology at the University of Maastricht, under the guidance of Paula da Costa Martins, PhD and Rio P. Juni, MD, PhD. His work focused mainly on finding angiogenic microRNA modulators of the angiogenic potential of human endothelial cells.
He is presently engaged in a co-tutelage PhD project between the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra and the Molecular Cardiology group of the Department of Cardiology at the University of Maastricht. He is enrolled in the doctoral programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine managed by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Coimbra.
Ricardo is working at the Biomaterials and Stem Cell-Based Therapeutics group, under the guidance of Professor Lino Ferreira and Hugo Fernandes, PhD, in partnership with the Molecular Cardiology group, under the guidance of Paula da Costa Martins, PhD. His work now focuses on using exosomes as modulable mediators of cardiovascular remodelling through their microRNA content.