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Dr Martins studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology and worked in the field of cell therapies in the biotechnology industry. His work contributed to the validation of a stem cell therapy product, and pre-clinical work using these cells. He later continued his studies and obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Queensland. His PhD work laid the groundwork for the development of novel antibody-based immunotherapeutics for viral infections following transplantation. Dr Martins is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) where he continues to develop novel immunotherapies for the treatment of virus-related cancers.
Since 2018: Research Officer, Tumour Immunology Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
Since 2020: ITAS TT tutor, Oodgeroo Unit, Queensland University of Technology
2017 – 2018: Research Assistant and Research Officer, Bone Marrow Transplantation Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
2014 – 2017: PhD scholar, Bone Marrow Transplantation Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
2006 – 2014: Research Scientist and Laboratory Manager, ECBio S.A., The Medinfar Group, Portugal
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Dr Martins’s main research interest is cellular immunotherapy. His primary focus is to translate research towards the development of novel immunotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of virus-associated cancers.
2020: Co-authored a study demonstrating that cytomegalovirus – specific adoptive cell therapy can be safely used as an adjuvant therapy, and may improve the overall survival of glioblastoma patients (PMID: 32750039)
2019: Identified that strain-specific serotherapy prevents cytomegalovirus reactivation after transplantation (PMID: 30655443).
2016: Patented an optimised and defined method for isolation and preservation of precursor cells from human umbilical cord (WO2009044379A2)
2014: Adapted a method to isolate, expand and cryopreserve a well-characterized population of human umbilical cord tissue-derived MSCs (PMID: 24438697)
2019: UNSW Eureka prize for Scientific Research, Australian Museum
2019: Prize for Cancer Research Excellence, Australian Cancer Research Foundation
2016: Young Investigator Award, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
2013: International Postgraduate scholarship, QIMR Berghofer
2018: Doctorate (PhD) in Transplantation Immunology and Virology, QIMR Berghofer, University of Queensland
2012: Master (MSc) in Biotechnology, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2005: Licentiate in Biochemistry, University of Lisbon, Portugal