I acquired my BSc in Bioengineering and MSc in Biomedical Engineering in Portugal, at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. My undergraduate project, “Surface Tailoring for Selectively Control the Adhesion of Cells Relevant for Bone Tissue Engineering” was performed at 3B’s Research Group, University of Minho, my first interaction within a research environment. Further, during my masters, I had the opportunity to go to Barcelona (via Erasmus program) to do my Master thesis. There, I joined the Control of Stem Cell potency group where I wrote my thesis on “Development of a Decellularisation Protocol to Study the Role of Extracellular Matrix Proteins during Zebrafish Heart Regeneration”.
Since then, I have been really curious and fascinated about the heart tissue. My international experience, together with my academic training led to my interest in doing a PhD. Now, at KCL I am part of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence, where I am studying the possibility of using MRI as an imaging tool to access inflammation and extracellular matrix remodelling after a myocardial infarction.