International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education

Ana Cadete Pires, PhD

Ana joined Moderna in 2017, to take the role as a formulation scientist in the Delivery Sciences group. Her focus is the development of nanocarriers for mRNA delivery.

Previously, Ana was a postdoctoral researcher in the Langer Lab (Koch Institute, MIT) in collaboration with Novobiotic Pharmaceuticals. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she designed multiple vehicles for the delivery of Teixobactin, a potent antimicrobial peptide against tuberculosis. 

Ana’s doctoral work was a joint doctorate Erasmus Mundus program – NANOFAR – at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and University of Angers (France) where she developed hyaluronic acid nanocapsules for the intracellular delivery of anticancer drugs. During her PhD studies, she was an intern at Bind Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA. Before, she worked in the R&D department of Sylentis, an siRNA company based in Madrid, Spain.

She is also the executive director of the International Mentor Program in Portugal, where she leads a team of Portuguese mentors working abroad and connect them with Portuguese students. She believes mentoring is a powerful tool to give value back to her country.