Ana Costa has a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences since 2011 by the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde-Norte. In 2018 she obtained a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences by Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar. Her PhD work was focus in the development of three-dimensional in vitro models to study the translocation of nanoparticles though air-blood barrier. This work was developed in collaborations with Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S) and Helmholtz-Institut für Pharmazeutische Forschung Saarland (HIPS), Saarland University, Germany.
Ana Costa has been also collaborating in different projects, especially in the design of different formulations for pulmonary, oral and topical delivery. She has a particular interest in developing advanced nanosystems to solve pharmacotechnical-related problems of drugs (eg solubility or stability) or to improve their bioavailability in different target organs. Ana Costa also has a wide experience in handling with in vitro and in vivo experiments (biological assays and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics studies). Nowadays, her current work involves the study of antioxidant properties of lycopene-enriched extracts from tomato waste and its incorporation into cosmetic formulations for skin care. Ana Costa is the author of several publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.