Andre Castro is a Biomedical Engineer (MEng), who graduated from the University of Minho (Portugal, 2009). In 2011, he obtained a Post-Graduate course in Management of Health Institutions from CESPU College of Health Sciences (Portugal). In 2013 he obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (University of Minho), his thesis was on the Development of a Biomimetic Finite Element Model of the Intervertebral Disc Diseases and Regeneration.
His PhD was funded by a 4-year grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. During his PhD, he visited Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) for 2 periods and cooperated with the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and the VU Medical Centre based in Amsterdam.
Since September 2014, he has been employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the INSIGNEO Institute for in Silico Medicine. He first started on the MECHANOBIO project and has now joined the MultiSim project (WP3), in which he is working on the computational modelling of infant cartilage. His research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and biomaterials, particularly in numerical simulation and modelling of soft tissues. Since June 2016, he has also been a Board Member of the Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the U.K.