Since I was a Kid, and due to the BBC wildlife programs, I wanted to be a Biologist. Later, my
passion for biology evolved from loving the lion’s predator skills to loving the functioning of
the cells so I did my BSc course in Cellular and Molecular Biology in the New University of
After that I moved to Scotland and took the MSc in Biotechnology course in the Glasgow
University. During this course I began to be really interested in plant sciences namely in plant-
pathogen interactions. When my master finished, I returned to Portugal and joined a team in
the ITQB (Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology) involved in the genetic
characterization of Portuguese landraces of bean.
I have recently joined the Huitema lab as a PhD student. My PhD aims broadly to improve our
understanding of the mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions. More specifically, it targets
the mode of action of Phytophthora capsici effectors and their role in the plant nucleus.