• 437 Citations
  • 11 h-Index

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In the last years, the research has been mainly focused on interactive rehabilitation systems using Virtual Reality. She is the PI and the co-Founder of VR4NeuroPain. VR4NeuroPain is a renowned project, which has been award with several distinctive prizes such as Glintt at Fundação Champalimaud, SantaCasa Challenge and Acredita Portugal. Moreover, in order to allow real-time collection of physiological parameters for the integrated systems using VR, nowadays she is integrating thin sensors using circuit-printing methodologies on flexible and biocompatible materials. Micaela Fonseca is Physics Engineer and obtained her PhD in Nuclear Physics (FCT/UNL, 2011) and became expert in sensors, detecting data, nuclear physics accelerators and ion beam techniques and applied them in the analysis of objects of biomedical interest (dentine fluorine uptake, osteoporosis) and cultural interest. After PhD, she was a researcher at Physics Department at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany and GSI. Since 2011, Micaela has been an invited Assistant Professor at FCT/UNL for Biomedical Engineering and Physics Engineering. Micaela was Assistant Professor at IADE/UE and co-founded Games for Good, the greatest game jam for social responsibility at Portugal. At IADE innovation teams, Micaela participated in the organization of two new degrees: Games and Apps Development and Creative Tech. As IADE pedagogical practices coordinator she was responsible for several projects where creativity was in full synergy with technology. Micaela Fonseca is a member of LibPhys research center, invited Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and invited researcher at HEI_Lab. Published 51 (journal articles, proceedings and books sections). Supervised/co-Supervised 14 MSc dissertations. Participated in 6 international projects (funding by: FCT, IAEA and GSI) and 5 PhD jury.


Education/Academic qualification

Physics | Nuclear Physics, Doctorate, DF – Departamento de Física

Dec 2003Jul 2011

Physics Engineering (pré-bolonha), Master, DF – Departamento de Física


External positions

Invited Principal Researcher, HEI_lab: Digital Human Environment Interaction Lab

9 Feb 2020 → …

Pedagogical Practices Coordinator, IADE - Creative University

1 Sep 201825 Jan 2020

Pedagogical Council | Member, IADE - Creative University

1 Sep 201725 Jan 2020

Assistant Professor, IADE - Creative University

1 Sep 201325 Jan 2020

Researcher, Goethe Univ Frankfurt, Goethe University Frankfurt


FCT PhD Scholarship

Mar 20062010

Research Assistant , Centro de Fisica Nuclear


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Research Output at NOVA

  • 437 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 9 Conference article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 1 Comment/debate

International Atomic Energy Agency inter-comparison of particle induced gamma-ray emission codes for bulk samples

Pessoa Barradas, N., Cruz, J., Fonseca, M., de Jesus, A. P., Lagoyannis, A., Manteigas, V., Mayer, M., Preketes-Sigalas, K. & Dimitriou, P., 1 Apr 2020, In : Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. 468, p. 37-47 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An integrated system combining virtual reality with a glove with biosensors for neuropathic pain: A concept validation

    Quaresma, C., Gomes, M., Cardoso, H., Ferreira, N., Vigário, R., Quintão, C. & Fonseca, M., 1 Jan 2019, Advances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2018. Nunes, I. L. (ed.). Springer Verlag, p. 274-284 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 781).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Challenging the calorimeter CALIFA for FAIR using high energetic photons

    Teubig, P., Remmels, P., Klenze, P., Alvarez-Pol, H., Alves, E., Boillos, J. M., Cabanelas, P., da Silva, R. C., Cortina-Gil, D., Cruz, J., Ferreira, D., Fonseca, M., Galaviz, D., Galiana, E., Gernhäuser, R., González, D., Henriques, A. M., Jesus, A. P., Luís, H., Machado, J. & 5 others, Peralta, L., Rocha, J., Sánchez-Benítez, A. M., Silva, H. & Velho, P., 2019, Basic Concepts in Nuclear Physics: Theory, Experiments and Applications - 2018 La Rábida International Scientific Meeting on Nuclear Physics. García-Ramos, J-E., Pérez-Bernal, F., Andrés, M. V., Moro, A. M. & Valera, J. A. (eds.). Springer Science and Business Media, LLC, p. 245-246 2 p. (Springer Proceedings in Physics; vol. 225).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Gneuropathy: Validation process at clinical environment

    Quaresma, C., Gomes, M., Cardoso, H., Ferreira, N., Vigário, R., Quintão, C. & Fonseca, M., 1 Jan 2019, BIODEVICES 2019 - 12th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings; Part of 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2019. Roque, A., Fred, A. & Gamboa, H. (eds.). SciTePress, p. 275-279 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Prizes

    PI - Project VR4NeuroPain | SantaCasa Challenge

    Maria Micaela Leal da Fonseca (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    PI - Project VR4NeuroPain Hintt2019 Challenge

    Maria Micaela Leal da Fonseca (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    PI - VR4NeuroPain Acredita Portugal Challenge

    Maria Micaela Leal da Fonseca (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    EXSA School and Workshop on Quantitative Methods in X-Ray Spectrometry

    Maria Micaela Leal da Fonseca (Participant)
    12 May 201917 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course