I am a biologist by training and with emphasis on mathematical modelling of biological systems, I hold a double European PhD degree: Population Biology, granted by the University of Lisbon, Portugal and Life Sciences, granted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Although I have quite some experience in laboratory and field epidemiology, I have been working in applied mathematics for the last 12 years, always based in mathematics departments.
I joined the Center for Mathematics and Fundamental Applications (now Center for Mathematics, Fundamental Applications and Operations Research) in Lisbon University in 2007 under a Marie Curie Excellence Grant which was hosted by the Gulbenkian Institute of Science. In 2008 I started performing my PhD Project ”Rich dynamics in multi-strain models: non-linear dynamics and deterministic chaos in dengue fever epidemiology”, under the national (FCT) financial support.
From 2012 to 2016 I obtained a research position within the European project DENFREE and after that, I moved to the Center for Mathematics and Applications in 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 I am currently based at the Laboratory of Mathematical and Computational Biology, Department of Mathematics at University of Trento, Italy, where I hold a full time research position financed by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
I am highly 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.