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Dr. Maria Santos-Martinez

Assistant Professor (Pharmacy)

Assistant Professor (Clinical Medicine)

Dr Maria J Santos-Martinez is a medical doctor Specialist in Respiratory Medicine from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). She started her training as basic researcher in The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases at UTHealth (University of Texas Health Science-Houston-USA) in 2004. In 2006 she moved to Ireland and defended her PhD in 2009 (Trinity College Dublin). She was appointed as Assistant Professor (Ussher) in Nanopharmaceutical Drug Discovery (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences & School of Medicine) in 2010.
  ANGIOGENESIS   Blood Platelets   CANCER   MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASES   Nanomedicine   nanotoxicology   Pulmonary Diseases   QUARTZ CRYSTAL MICROBALANCE
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Reviewer:PNAS; Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Nanomedicine); Critical Care Medicine, Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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COST Action 17140 'Cancer nanomedicine - from the bench to the bedside'(NANO2CLINIC) 2018 date
Irish Association of Pharmacologists (IAP) 2017 date
Member and co-founder of the Spanish Research Society in Ireland 2016 present
Spanish Respiratory Medicine Association (SEPAR) 2002 present
Larkin CM, Hante NK, Breen EP, Tomaszewski KA, Eisele S, Radomski MW, Ryan TA, Santos-Martinez MJ, Role of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9, toll-like receptor 4 and platelet-leukocyte aggregate formation in sepsis-associated thrombocytopenia., PloS one, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Nam, L.; Coll, C.; Erthal, L.C.S.; de la Torre, C.; Serrano, D.; Martínez-Máñez, R.; Santos-Martínez, M.J.; Ruiz-Hernández, E., Drug delivery nanosystems for the localized treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, Materials, 11, (5), 2018, p779-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Inkielewicz-Stepniak I, Tajber L, Behan G, Zhang H, Radomski MW, Medina C, Santos-Martinez MJ, The Role of Mucin in the Toxicological Impact of Polystyrene Nanoparticles, Materials, 11, (5), 2018, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Larkin CM, Breen EP, Tomaszewski KA, Eisele S, Radomski MW, Ryan TA, Santos-Martinez MJ, Platelet microaggregation in sepsis examined by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation technology., Platelets, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Radziwon-Balicka A, Lesyk G, Back V, Fong T, Loredo-Calderon EL, Dong B, El-Sikhry H, El-Sherbeni AA, El-Kadi A, Ogg S, Siraki A, Seubert JM, Jurasz P, Differential eNOS-signalling by platelet subpopulations regulates adhesion and aggregation., Cardiovascular research, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Larkin, C.M., Santos-Martinez, M.-J., Ryan, T., Radomski, M.W., Sepsis-associated thrombocytopenia, Thrombosis Research, 141, 2016, p11-16 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gaffney, A.M., Santos-Martinez, M.J., Satti, A., Major, T.C., Wynne, K.J., Gun'ko, Y.K., Annich, G.M., Elia, G., Radomski, M.W, Blood biocompatibility of surface-bound multiwall carbon nanotubes. , Nanomedicine: NBM Feature Article, 11, 2015, p39 - 46, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Umerska A, Paluch KJ, Santos-Martinez MJ, Medina C, Corrigan OI, Tajber L, Chondroitin-based nanoplexes as peptide delivery systems--Investigations into the self-assembly process, solid-state and extended release characteristics., European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 93, 2015, p242 - 253, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Samuel S., Santos-Martinez M., Medina C., Jain N., Radomski MW., Prina-Mello A., Volkov Y., CdTe quantum dots induce activation of human platelets: Implications for nanoparticle hemocompatibility, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 10, 2015, p2723-2734 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Santos-Martinez, M.J., Tomaszewski, K., Medina, C., Bazou, D., Gilmer, J.F., Radomski, M.W. , Pharmacological characterization of nanoparticle-induced platelet microaggregation using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation: comparison with light aggregometry, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 10, 2015, p5107 - 5119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Santos-Martinez, M.J., Medina, C., Radomska, A., Radomski, M.W., Clinician-scientist: a hobby for few, career prosepects for some and training for all practicioners? , Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, 2, 2005, p17-19 , Review Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Dean's Research Initiatives Fund (Faculty of Health Sciences, TCD) 2015
Innovation Award CRANN 2010
Catalan Respiratory Medicine Association (FUCAP) 2003
Catalan Respiratory Medicine Association (SOCAP) 2003
Spanish Respiratory Medicine Association (SEPAR) 2002
Dr Santos-Martinez research interests are focused on platelet biology and pharmacology; nanoparticle-cell and nanoparticle-platelet interactions (Nanotoxicology/Biocompatibility of nanomaterials) and cancer. During her PhD studies she developed a novel method for measuring platelet aggregation using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). This is a unique and very sensitive technology able to quantify and characterise surface-molecules-cells interactions at nanoscale. Her expertise on the use of QCM-D has been consolidated and she applies this technology for investigating 1) the effect of different compounds, nanomaterials and novel formulations on platelet function and 2)the interactions between nanoparticles developed for drug delivery, their targets and the potential barriers that they have to overcome to exert their action. In the field of cancer, her research is mainly focused on the contribution of platelets to cancer progression (tumor invasion, angiogenesis and blood metastasis).