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Trained as a theoretical biologist, I received my Master’s degree in Statistics Applied to Biology and Public Health at Lisbon University in 2007. With emphasis on applied mathematics, I obtained a double European Ph.D degree in 2012 – Ph.D in Life Sciences by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Ph.D in Population Biology by the University of Lisbon.

With long laboratory and field epidemiology experience, I have been working on mathematical epidemiology since 2006, always based in mathematical research institutes in close collaboration with public health authorities.

I am trained in nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation analysis and biostatistics, and my scientific interests address significant mathematical problems and fundamental questions in public health, which require a highly multidisciplinary approach.

Since 2020 I am based at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM – Bilbao), Spain, where I lead the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (MTB) group as an Ikerbasque & Ramon y Cajal Researcher.

If you are curious about my trajectory: my professional career started in the public health sector. As head of public health laboratory, my laboratory was able to provide epidemiological support to complex projects in order to enhance evidence-based decision-making. This was the point in my professional career where I decided to follow courses in biostatistics applied to biomedical research at Science Faculty at Lisbon University, Portugal (FCUL). I soon joined the Center for Mathematics and Fundamental Applications at FCUL, working at the “Biomathematics and Statistics Group” working on my Ph.D. project “Rich dynamics in multi-strain models: non-linear dynamics and deterministic chaos in dengue fever epidemiology”.

Still within the “Biomathematics and Statistics Group” at CMAF FCUL, I enjoyed my first postdoctoral appointment (5 years), from 2012 to 2016, financed by the European project “Dengue Research Framework for
Resisting Epidemics in Europe (DENFREE)”. After that, I moved to the Center for Mathematics and Applications at Nova University of Lisbon as a post-doctoral researcher for two years. I have spent a short period based at University of Foggia, Italy, at the Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Chirurgiche as an EPIET ECDC fellow and from 2019 to 2021 I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Laboratory of Mathematical and Computational Biology, Department of Mathematics at University of Trento, Italy.

This website has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 792494.