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Education

Bachelor´s Degree in Biochemistry from Faculty of Sciences, University of Oporto, Portugal
Master in Biochemistry from Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
PhD in Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oporto, Portugal

Research description

In 2008, during my Bachelor training period, I started working with the Monoarthritis inflammatory pain model in the rat. There, I have explored many signalling pathways at the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) level and the role of specific molecules in pain processing at the periphery. Already during my Master I started focusing on the crcucial involvement of satellite glial cells (SGC) to pain, as well as their communication with neurons. The overlaping mechanisms between inflammation and neuropathic pain were always a strong interest during my PhD as they can surely help elucidate pain transmission. After finishing my PhD I came to the KI as a post-doc at Camilla Svensson´s group. Camilla´s lab also aims to study pain signalling in novel animal models of inflammation giving additional attention to the immune system contribution.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

- Doctoral stipend (2011 to 2015) from FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology)
- EFIC (European Pain Federation) 3rd prize for best oral presentations in 2009, Lisbon, Portugal
- APED (Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain) grant in 2011 and 2012
- NENs (network of European Neuroscience Schools) grant in 2012
- Distinction in PhD defense

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