After finishing my degree in Physics at the University of Porto, I moved to Manchester where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Alan J. Bray. There, for my PhD I studied coarsening dynamics in systems under shear stress and also phase transitions in Ising-like systems with 4-spin interactions. I moved afterwards to the University of Pittsburgh where I worked in the Physics Department and in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and kept working on coarsening, in particular, on how phase separation leads to hierarchical strictures in photo-reactive polymer blends. I started working in biological related themes in my posdoctoral work at the University of Lisbon, where I worked with Patricia Faisca in characterizing the folding of simple proteins. Currently I am at the University of Coimbra, studying protein folding and biological systems where coarsening may play an important role, such as angiogenesis and tumor growth.
I am currently collaborator of the Physics of Biological Systems Research Group of the Condensed Matter Physics Center at the University of Lisbon and of the Center of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Institute of Biomedical Research in Light and Image at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra.
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