I did my graduate studies on Genetics and Biotechnology at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal where I was very interested in stem cells, cell fate and evolution. Following that I decided to do a Master's in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). For my project I came to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics in Oxford to work under the supervision of Dr. Shankar Srinivas, doing live-imaging on mouse embryos pre-gastrulation. I stayed in the Srinivas lab where I'm currently pursuing a DPhil in Cardiovascular Sciences funded by the British Heart Foundation, investigating early heart development and how cardiac tissue first starts to contract in the embryo. Part of my research involves the use of different organisms to investigate which mechanisms are conserved throughout evolution or how they might have evolved.
I am currently also working as a tutor in Anatomy and Development at Balliol College.
My interests include microscopy, embryology, epigenetics, cell fate and evolution