Filipa Botelho Moniz: PhD Candidate

Filipa is from and grew up in Lisbon, Portugal. She completed her undergraduate in Biochemistry at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK .  During and after her undergraduate studies, she joined Pfizer R&D in Sandwich, UK as a Research Biologist in the Primary Pharmacology Group. She later pursued an MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, Department of Pharmacology, Linacre College in collaboration with  Johns Hopkins University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Oncology with Dr. Denis Wirtz. After, she joined the European Commission – Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, where she worked in the Nanobiosciences Group. After professional scuba diving training, Filipa took a dual appointment at James Cook University, Australia where she discovered her interest in Immunology by working at a lab specialized in NKT cells and was a field-trip assistant for marine biology expeditions in Australia and Papua New Guinea. In 2015, Filipa moved to Gainesville to join UF as a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program as a Fulbright Portugal Scholar.

Filipa joined the Brusko lab in 2016. She has contributed to the project of generating Tregs conjugated to nanoparticles which encapsulate a growth factor with the aim to improve the potential of Treg cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes treatment. Currently her scientific interests are focused on understanding the impact of modulating CD226 and TIGIT expression on T cell activation and regulation using CRISPR technology for gene targeting and induced pluripotent stem cell [iPSC] models of APC/T cell interactions in collaboration with Dr. Mark Wallet and testing the therapeutic potential of modulating CD226 and TIGIT activity.


Contact Info


  • ​University of Oxford, UK, MSc Pharmacology 2012
  • University of Kent at Canterbury, BSc Biochemistry 2010

Honors and Awards

  • ​2012 Travel Award by Oxford University, Department of Pharmacology
  • 2011 Pfizer Award for providing training in cell culture and molecular assay design
  • 2009 Speaker at Industrial Trainee Symposium, Pfizer R&D, Sandwich, UK


  • ​PhD Fulbright Scholarship 2015-2020


  • ​Valeria Amenta, Karin Aschberger, Maria Arena, Hans Bouwmeester, Filipa Botelho Moniz, Puck Brandhoff, Stefania Gottardo, Hans J.P. Marvin, Agnieszka Mech, Laia Quiros Pesudo, Hubert Rauscher, Reinhilde Schoonjans, Maria Vittoria Vettori, Stefan Weigel, Ruud J. Peters, Regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector in EU and non-EU countries, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Volume 73, Issue 1, October 2015, Pages 463-476, ISSN 0273-2300