Raquel Gonçalves has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biotechnology, both from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) U. Lisboa, the latter in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), USA. Since early she has driven her interests towards the application of bioengineering in Health. After the PhD, she worked in a private cord blood bank in Lisbon, establishing the lab procedures for stem cells isolation from cord blood. Since 2007, she is working at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB) first as a postdoc, in which she gained skills in biomaterials surface modification, and since 2009, as an assistant investigator. Nowadays at i3S- Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, in the Microenvironments for Newtherapies (MiNT) Group, she develops her research area in the field of stem cell and biomaterials-based therapies for immunomodulation and tissue regeneration. She has coordinating international projects in the area of intervertebral disc regeneration, namely using mesenchymal stem cells, and supervising several MSc and PhD students. She is also affiliated professor at ICBAS, U.Porto, where she is involved in the Bioengineering MSc and she collaborates with the PhD in Neurosciences at FMUP. Also, she has been actively engaged in public awareness of science programs in children and adolescents from Porto Public schools.