PhD in Aquatic Veterinary Sciences Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland (PhD fellowship from the FCT, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Portugal). Thesis: “B-cell epitopes in fish nodavirus”
MSc in Aquaculture Marine Sciences Centre (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Thesis: “The influence of a cage fish farm on the water quality of the surrounding area”
BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Fisheries University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Thesis: “Secondary bacterial infections in Solea senegalensis (Kaup, 1858)
Present and previous positions
Post Doctoral Research Scientist (April 2013 – Present) - Aquaculture Research Group, Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Fish Health Consultant February (2008 – March 2013) - Centro de Investigaciones Medioambientales del Atlántico S.L., Tenerife, Spain
Post Doctoral Research Assistant (November 2005 – October 2007) (Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum project) - Vaccine Unit, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
Immunology Technician (March 2005 – October 2005) (Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centres grant) - Vaccine Unit, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
Laboratory Technician (January 2000 – March 2001) - BioEstratégia Lda. Olhão, Portugal
Laboratory Technician (June-September 1997, 1999, 2000) - CIMA, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Young Researchers Fellowship (October 1997 – September 1999) (Research fellowship for young researchers from FCT, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Portugal). - Marine Sciences Center (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
“Development of immunological tools for monitoring the immune response of Nile tilapia”. Pump priming project by International Veterinarian Vaccinology Network (IVVN) (April 2018-present). Post-doctoral Scientist, Aquaculture Research Group, Moredun Research Institute.
“Development of fish virus vaccines”, collaboration project Moredun Research Institute and Benchmark Animal Health (April 2013-March 2018). Post-doctoral Scientist, Aquaculture Research Group, MRI.
“The aetiology and epidemiology of PD, HMSI and CMS in Scotland”. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF (November 2005-October 2007). Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Vaccine Group, Institute of Aquaculture (University of Stirling).
"Dispersion of organic matter from aquaculture cages. Development of a mathematical model to guarantee sustainable development, MACAROMOD". Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias (MAC) 2007-2013 (Project code (MAC/3/C136). Fundación Universitaria Las Palmas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (EU peoject).
Vaccine development for aquaculture diseases, mainly virus diseases. Epitope mapping Study immune response and host-pathogen interaction. Development of challenge models for bacteria and viral diseases. Development of immune tools such as MAbs