I am a computational biologist interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind tumour development. Biological questions are my main passion and computational approaches my way of life!
Currently, I am working on the mechanisms of centrosome amplification and their therapeutic value in cancer, in collaboration with Mónica Bettencourt-Dias’ Lab at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and Gonçalo Bernardes at iMM. Using computational methods, I am integrating data from a screen for centrosome number, done in Mónica’s lab on the NCI-60 panel of human cancer cell lines, with publicly available molecular (genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic) and drug-sensitivity data for that panel, to identify novel diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic directions in cancer. I am also interested in the role of the non-coding genome in cancer and in the impact of cancer-associated DNA variants on oncogenic splicing dysregulation.
I got my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Algarve, in 2015. After graduating, I started a Master’s degree in Oncobiology at the same University, and I am now doing my Master’s thesis project with Nuno Morais, at iMM. Before joining iMM, I have spent a month with Daniel Gaffney’s group, at the Sanger Institute, working on a map of histone Quantitative Trait Loci in human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, with data from the HipSci project. Earlier still, I trained with Ana Teresa Maia at the Centre for Biomedical Research (CBMR) in Algarve, where I worked on the identification of new genetic risk markers and on cis-regulation of somatic mutations, both in breast cancer.