Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – Analytical Chemistry, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Ana is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working under the supervision of Dist. Prof. Frances Ligler and A. Prof. Donald Freytes. She specializes in the development of analytical systems for the real-time microanalyses of molecules, biomolecules, cells, and tissue cultures on-chip. Ana completed her Ph.D. on the development of “A Chemical, biochemical or biological analysis system utilizing luminescent detection” (US20170275155A1), an analytical system which integrated a surface acoustic wave micromixer to a sensitive photodetector to perform real-time luminescent microanalyses on-chip. Ana is interested in developing organ-on-a-chip devices for the analysis of functional tissue units using induced pluripotent stem cells on tissue-specific extracellular matrix scaffolds under physicochemical stimulation.
Awards and Honors
2018 UNC-NCSU Pharmacoengineering Grant Challenge
2012 Nancy Millis Ph.D. Scholarship, Water Research Australia
2012 Ph. D. Scholarship, Royal Melbourne Insititute of Technology – RMIT University, Australia
2011 Undergraduate Water Prize (Victoria), Australian Water Association, Melbourne, Australia
2012 National Water Prize Finalist, OzWater Conference, Sydney, Australia
2011 B.Sc. Honours Scholarship, Water Research Australia & Melbourne Water, Australia
2003 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Intel-ISEF Finalist, Cleveland, OH
2002 GCE – A Levels Scholarship, Cambridge Tutors College London, UK
- Gracioso Martins, A. M., “Development of a surface acoustic wave micromixer for enhanced chemiluminescence microanalysis: application to pesticides.” Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT University (2016).
- Gracioso Martins, A. M., “Pesticide Factsheet: Shining light on pesticide monitoring.” Water Research Australia (2015).
- Gracioso Martins, A. M., Glass, N. R., Harrison, S., Rezk, A. R., Porter, N. A., Carpenter, P. D., Du Plessis, J., Friend, J. R., Yeo, L. Y. “Toward Complete Miniaturisation of Flow Injection Analysis Systems: Microfluidic Enhancement of Chemiluminescent Detection.” Analytical Chemistry, 86, 10812−10819 (2014).
- Gracioso Martins, A. M., Western, R., Carpenter, P. D., Porter, N. A. “Development of a portable flow injection analysis system for the detection of herbicides using chemiluminescence.” Australian Water Association (2011).
- Gracioso Martins, A. M., Power, K., Larsen, C., Kurth, W. “Directions for sustainable urban development in the context of climate change adaptation: Implications of flooding in Ho Chi Minh City”. RMIT Undergraduate Environmental Research Project Vietnam (2009).
- Maxwell, J., Brown, J., Allison, J., Aurisch, Y., O’Connor, A., Gracioso Martins, A. M., McEvoy, R., Patkin, K., Hurst, E. “Can Australians see through muddy waters? A vision for Australia’s Water Future”. Sustainability Youth Forum – Water Position Paper, Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (2008).
- Almeida, E. A., Bainy, A. C.D., Loureiro, A. P. M., Martinez, G. R., Miyamoto, S., Onuki, J., Barbosa, L. F., Garcia, C. C. M., Prado, F. M., Ronsein, G. E., Sigolo, C. A., Brochini, C. B., Gracioso Martins, A. M., Medeiros M. H. G., Di Mascio, P. “Oxidative stress in Perna perna and other bivalves as indicators of environmental stress in the Brazilian marine environment: Antioxidants, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage”. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 146(4):588-600 (2007).
- Gracioso Martins, A. M. “Towards Complete Miniaturization of Flow Injection Analysis Systems: Microfluidic Enhancement of Chemiluminescent Detection”. Microvesicle and Exosome Seminar Series, Harvard Medical School, October 2014.
- Gracioso Martins, A. M. “Towards Complete Miniaturization of Flow Injection Analysis Systems: Microfluidic Enhancement of Chemiluminescent Detection”. Lab-on-a-Chip, Microfluidics & Microarray World Congress, San Diego, September 2014.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins, N. R. Glass, S. Harrison, A. R. Rezk, N. A. Porter, P. D. Carpenter, J. Du Plessis, J. R. Friend, L. Y. Yeo. “Using surface acoustic waves to enhance the detection of chemiluminescent species in a micro-analytical platform”. 5th Australia and New Zealand Nano/Microfabrication (ANZNMF) Symposium and Workshop (ANZNMF), Hobart, May 2014.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins, N. A. Porter, P. D. Carpenter. “The influence of sampling and storage conditions on herbicide degradation in river water samples”. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry World Congress (SETAC), Melbourne, October 2013.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins. “Towards the development of a portable flow injection analysis system for the detection of pesticides using chemiluminescence”. CSIRO Resource Recovery from Wastewater Workshop, Melbourne, May 2012.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins. “Development of a portable flow Injection analysis system for the detection of herbicides using chemiluminescence”, OzWater, Sydney, May 2012.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins, R. Western, P. D. Carpenter, N. A. Porter. “Mechanical Mixing Techniques for Chemiluminescent Detection”, 20th Annual RACI Environmental and Analytical Division R&D Topics Conference, Melbourne, 2012.
- A. M. Gracioso Martins, R. Western, P. D. Carpenter, N. A. Porter. “Development of a portable flow injection analysis system for the detection of pesticides using chemiluminescence”, 11th Asia Pacific Symposium on Microscale Separations and Analysis, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science, Hobart, November 2011.
- AUSPat: AU2015901888: Chemical Analysis System Utilizing Chemiluminescent Detection, 2015.
- WIPO: WO2016026005, PCT/US Patent US20170275155A1: A Chemical Biochemical or Biological Analysis System Utilizing Luminescent Detection, 2017.