Project title: Targeted photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment

Employer: Trinity College of Dublin (TCD, Ireland); Cotutelle: University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Mathias O. SENGE (TCD), Dr. Ligia GOMES DA-SILVA (UC)

Research secondments: University of St Andrews, PorphyChem
Practical rotation: Biolitec

Research project description and main objectives: The development of highly specific and photoactive tetrapyrrolic photosensitizers (PS) for oncological applications is a main objective of the POLYTHEA projects. In this framework, this project involves the development of a novel strategy for targeted delivery of PS to enable a rapid and specific accumulation of the PS in a solid tumor and with a level of accumulation that will allow positive therapeutic outcomes. It is based on the simultaneous targeting of cancer as well as endothelial cells from the tumor blood and lymphatic vessels.

Thus this project will be divided into two parts:
1-      Synthesis of dual-targeting PS
2-     In vitro uptake and cytotoxicity studies, both in cancer and endothelial cells, with the targeted-PS and with its non-targeted counterpart as well as bio-distribution studies

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement n°764837