Cristina Aglaia Alves Tottoli E Silva

Cristina Aglaia Alves Tottoli E Silva

Cristina Aglaia Alves Tottoli

Official Title: Process intensification of suspension cell cultures employing HEK293-SF and Vero cells for influenza vaccine production

A PhD student of the chemical engineering department supervised by professors Olivier Henry and Amine Kamen. My project, which is developed as a collaboration between Polytechnique Montréal and McGill university, focuses on the development and the intensification of a bioprocess for the production of influenza vaccine using mammalian cell culture.

Email: cristina.silva@polymtl.ca

What was your method of explaining your thesis in 3 minutes?

I use simple terms and analogies to try to make a presentation that everyone can understand, no matter what their background is. Also, I try to catch the attention of the public in the very beginning of the presentation, with either a curious fact or by making them think about something that they never thought about.

What inspires you to do research?

I am fascinated by the production of therapeutics through processes involving living organisms. The complexity of biological processes is a huge challenge for process development, and I am passionate by this.

If you have to dedicate your research to anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

I would dedicate it to my family, that always supported me in my choices and encouraged me to go further.

3 Keywords to explain your thesis

Influenza vaccine, mammalian cell culture, process intensification

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