I have a Biology degree (University of Lisbon) and I joined the Gulbenkian Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences (PGDBM) in 1995. I did my Ph.D. research with Antony Carr (MRC-Cell Mutation Unit, Sussex University, UK), where I worked with DNA-dependent checkpoints in fission yeast. My post-doctoral research was done in the laboratory of Ruth Lehmann (Skirball Institute, New York University, USA), where I worked with Drosophila primodial germ cells transcriptional regulation.