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Ana Ferreira is a junior researcher with a fixed-term contract that followed a series of competitive fellowships (2 research; 1 Ph.D; 2 Post-doctoral; 1 invited scientist ). In the past 5 years, she developed two complementary research lines, one, characterizing the landscape of biomedical research, and another, focusing on innovation processes. This work resulted in 7 indexed papers (2 first quartile papers in 2019); 3 book chapters and 1 book. During this time, Ana was cited 822 times, presenting an h-index of 7 in Google scholar. Also, she was awarded 1 FCT Project Grant (Principal investigator (PI) of a team project; 13% success rate; 156K) and 1 Santander-NOVA Collaborative Grant (Co-PI of a team project; 1 grant/year; 25K). Currently, she is a board member of her research centre (since 2020) and the Portuguese Association of Sociology (since 2016), being the editor-in-chief of its journal (since 2017). Also, Ana coordinates a research group and mentors Master/Post-doctoral researchers; has reviewed papers for indexed journals and developed outreach activities. In addition, she has been an invited assistant professor of sociology (18 courses, since 2012) and deeply involved in scientific labour rights activism (2 newsletter articles in 2019; short videos; many public interventions covered by the largest media broadcasters and is currently coordinating the largest survey on the scientific precariat in Portugal, n=2939). Her present work aims to understand how the (re)shaping of the scientific landscape frames biomedical knowledge production and innovation. This interest started during a Ph.D in Biomedicine (specifically, on diabetes research), totally developed at the Harvard Medical School (2002-2006), as an external student of the University of Lisbon. During this time, Ana starts questioning why research targeting biochemical mechanisms was much more prevalent and funded than studies focusing on life-style interventions, shown to have a most significant contribution to prevent diabetes altogether. Understanding that the contexts of scientific processes could impact on the concrete research, Ana returns to Portugal in 2006, is awarded a competitive FCT Project Grant (PI of ateam project; 25% success rate; 160K), this time to develop malaria research, and joins a Sociology degree in 2007. In the following years, Ana publishes 6 very high impact papers, one awarded best biomedical paper in Portugal, in 2011 (first author), the same year she graduates in Sociology (18/20 final grade; best student of her class). Ana's current research reflects scientific questions triggered by her biomedical studies and reframed with her training and research in Sociology and Science and Technology Studies. It should be successfully accomplished since it builds upon an in-depth understanding of biomedical knowledge production and social sciences’ paradigms addressing it. This is attested by an outstanding track record for a Science and Technology Studies scholar: 21 papers (15 first quartile), 1668 citations in Google scholar and 341K total project grant financing as Principal Investigator.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, Doctorate, Harvard Medical School

Award Date: 16 May 2006

Biochemistry, Doctorate, Universidade de Lisboa

Award Date: 16 May 2006


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