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Projects. Life and Matter Sciences

New multifunctional nanostructured materials for biomedical applications

Lead Researcher:
Pablo Taboada Antelo

Research Centre:
Faculty of Physics. University of Santiago de Compostela.

Pablo TaboadaMost chemical and radiological systems used in the detection and treatment of cancer, including those based on nanoparticles, do not exploit the physiological abnormalities of cancer cells and cause adverse side effects that limit their effectiveness. In addition, the stages of diagnosis and therapy are performed independently, which means delays in the implementation of treatment and the consequent risk to the patient's health. Therefore, this research project proposes the development of a multifunctional theragnostic nanoplatform in an intravenous injection that can be used simultaneously in cancer therapy combining a) the ability to diagnose using magnetic resonance and/or optical imaging, and b) treatment capacity through the combination of chemical, photothermal and magnetothermal therapy. This nanoplatform will be built with biocompatible and biodegradable elements through simple and easily scalable steps.


20 articles generated in Journals 
24 papers at international conferences


Pablo Taboada Antelo 
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Born in 1974, he graduated in Physics at USC in 1996 and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics also from USC in 1999. He held a postdoctoral scholarship at the USC in 2000 and a scholarship from the former Ministry of Education and Science in 2001. Later that year, he held a Ramón y Cajal post at USC and since January 2007 has been Senior Lecturer at that university. During this time, Prof. Taboada made numerous research visits to various foreign institutions like the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and University College Dublin (Ireland). He has also been a guest lecturer at various national and foreign universities in order to teach courses and seminars

The research activity carried out by Prof. Taboada so far has resulted in the publication of more than 90 articles in prestigious international journals, more than 60 lectures at international conferences and research projects awarded in competitive calls for applications. He also maintains active scientific collaborations with several research groups in Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Argentina and Mexico.

The research interests of Prof. Taboada currently focus on:
1) The development of multifunctional diagnostic and treatment systems for diseases.
2) The study of supramolecular structures formed by proteins and nucleic acids, in particular, the phenomena of fibrillation.
3) The formation of biohybrid nanostructures.
4) The characterisation and analysis of the physical properties of 1-D, 2-D and 3-D polymeric nanostructures, simple and doped with nanoparticles, and their potential applications in fields such as (bio) sensors, photonic devices and solar cells 

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