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I concluded a BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon. My passion for applied Microbiology led me to undertake a MSc in Microbiology at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, where I improved my knowledge in Molecular Microbiology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Such experience gave me a broad perspective about the biological systems and its complexity, driving me to explore biological issues through the development and application of molecular biology, computational and mathematical tools.
Currently, I am doing my PhD in the Systems Bioinformatics group at the VU Amsterdam in a collaboration project with the TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and DSM to study the regulation of central metabolism of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I am particularly interested in quantifying in vivo metabolites in yeast cells using FRET (Forster Resonance Energy Transfer) based sensors under dynamic nutrient and oxygen conditions. Between the lab and the desk, my main activities will involve the study of yeast physiology, the application of genomics tools, kinetic analyses and metabolic modelling. What will be the next step? I don’t know, our results and curiosity will drive us to further issues and challenges.