Assistant Professor in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I started my researcher career in the middle of my pharmaceutical degree in 2003. After my graduation I started a MSc in Quality Control and then a PhD in Toxicology. In 2008 during my MSc I started to teach in Higher Education. Since then I have been teaching especially to undergraduate students in the areas of pharmacology, toxicology and forensics sciences.
My particular areas of research are pain, opioids and the influence of pharmacogenomics on opioids metabolism and efficacy.
My teaching and learning interests cover the areas of pharmacology, toxicology and forensics sciences. Since 2008 I have been an invited assistant in the Nursing School of St Maria Hospital, in… read more
My current research still focus on pharmacology and drugs behavior, especially opioids (morphine and its active metabolites), but also in forensics sciences, especially hair analysis.
My teaching and learning interests cover the areas of pharmacology, toxicology and forensics sciences. Since 2008 I have been an invited assistant in the Nursing School of St Maria Hospital, in Porto, Portugal, responsible for the teaching of Pharmacology (theoretical classes). In 2011 I started to teach in the forensics sciences degree, covering different areas of forensics and toxicology in theoretical and laboratory classes, as environmental crime investigation, biochemical dependence, biochemical laboratory methods or clinical toxicology.
At the present my main area of teaching and learning is related to the module Pharmacology and Therapeutics (A12PHT) at the BSc in Medical Physiology and Therapeutics.
I spent 4 years (2003-2007) in an organic chemistry laboratory of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Porto, Portugal, as a part of an undergraduate project and in the first year of my MSc. The work involved the extraction of natural compounds from plants, purification and activity profile.
On my second year of the MSc I moved to the Molecular Biology laboratory of Portuguese Institute of Oncology - Porto, working for one year in the development of a PCR quality control method.
From 2010 until the end of 2013 my main research involved the work for my PhD in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology-Porto and Faculty of Pharmacy. The work was related with pharmacogenomics of opioids, trying to find a correlation between some single nucleotide polymorphisms and opioids efficacy in palliative cancer patients, especially morphine. Also, I tried to study the influence of genetics in morphine metabolism in these patients and the influence of the metabolism and active morphine metabolites concentration in morphine final analgesic effect on an animal model (guinea pig).
Along with this, I was involved in several other laboratory nd supervision projects, related with oxidative stress, methods development using different equipments (gas and liquid chromatography coupled with different detectors) and biological samples (whole blood, plasma, serum, urine, liver, kidney, brain, hair).