João F. Ribeiro was born in 1986, in Guimarães, Portugal. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the IIT-NetS3 laboratory (research line: Microtechnology for Neuroelectronics), Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genoa, Italy).
He received in 2010 a MSc degree in industrial electronics engineering (specialization in microelectronics) from the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. After a 1-year research experience at CMEMS research centre (University of Minho) microfabrication lab, he began his PhD studies in thin-film electrochemical microsystems under Prof. L.M. Gonçalves and Prof. M.M. Silva supervision. During PhD, he spent ten months at the Laboratory of Reactivity and Chemistry of Solids (LRCS), University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France. In 2015, he received his PhD with the thesis “Flexible thin-film lithium batteries”, at CMEMS research centre, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal.
From 2016 to 2019, he developed silicon and polyimide-based passive implantable neuronal interfaces with electrical and optical capabilities in CMEMS research centre and International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga, Portugal. During this period, he was appointed CMEMS research centre Integrated Member, collaborated with Costa Lab, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal for animal testing and was awarded the project “Thin-films based Fabry-Perot optical filters and PDMS coating µ-lenses for optical neural probes” (OpticalBrain, PTDC/CTM-REF/28406/2017) from Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
In 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic years, he was appointed Guest Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Electronics from the University of Minho, teaching master courses about microelectronics, microsystems and digital/analogue integrated circuits.
Since July 2019, he has been working on developing active neural interfaces at IIT-NetS3 laboratory, responsible for the MEMS post-processing of SiNAPS-based neural probes. From October 2020 to November 2022 he was a MSCA-IF research fellow with the project “Toward monolithic CMOS based neural probes for stable chronic recording and brain machine interfaces” (ChroMOS, GA 896996) at IIT-NetS3 laboratory.