I’ve graduated in Bioinformatics at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia- Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2009). I’m have finished my Master in Biodiversity, Genetics, and Evolution (at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal) in 2012.
My main research during the Master thesis on genomics and proteomics, making use of a bioinformatics-centered approach. As part of my master thesis work, I have been working with high-throughput sequencing data from a W sexual micro-chromosome of a lizard, with the purpose of assembling it. Sex chromosomes have a essential role on speciation, and studying them, specially in lizards, where we can observe both genetic and environmental sex determination, is of great interest. Furthermore if we consider that they are a non-model organism and that there’s no extensive information about them, proving that it is nowadays feasible to retrieve genome-wide data, particularly of focal chromosomes, of such an organism, at a reasonable speed and price, will undoubtedly inspire other groups to do the same, contributing to the enrichment of the scientific knowledge. Supervisor: Stuart Baird; Co-supervisors: Rui Faria & Catarina Pinho.
I’m now starting a PhD at University Pompeu Fabra-Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona on the project “Genome-wide characterization of VNTR’s in human an non-human primate genomes” under supervision of Tomas Marques-Bonet.