• DCEA - Departamento de Ciências e Engenharia do Ambiente
    Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia/UNL
    Edifício Departamental
    Campus de Caparica
    2829-516 Caparica


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Main technical skills

  • Environmental Toxicology. Toxic mechanisms of marine pollutants and their mixtures to the aquatic organisms. Development of new biomarkers. Environmental and Human-Health Risk assessment .
  • Main technical skills: Genotoxicity (Comet assay, micronucleous and erythrocyte nuclear abnormalities); Histopathology; Enzymatic and non-enzymatic biomarkers; RT-PCR; Western Blot; Gas Chromatography (GC) Mass Spectrometry(GC-MS);
  • In vitro, in vivo and in situ assays.
  • Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science. Faculdade de Veterinária, Universidade de Lisboa in collaboration with the Department of Laboratory Animal Science, Uthrech University. 4-15 April 2016.

Research interests

Currently my research interests focus on the study of the mechanisms and interaction effects of aquatic pollutants on organisms, considering ecologically relevant conditions. I'm particularly interested in the study of the mechanisms of bioactivation of organic chemicals and micro- and nanoplastics, the identification of the type of metabolites and adducts formed in this process and its relationship with genotoxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. I´m also interested in the molecular mechanisms normally associated with carcinogenesis, in particular involved in DNA repair and fixation of mutations and their effects at the level of cells and tissues (e.g., apoptosis versus necrosis). At the same time, in vitro bioassays using primary hepatocyte cultures of marine fish (economically and ecologically important) as a research tool and as a potential enabling expeditious develop techniques for environmental risk analysis model.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Sciences, Doctorate, Toxicity of Carcinogenic and Non-carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and their mixtures to aquatic organisms under ecologically-relevant scenarios, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

1 Oct 200915 Dec 2014

Award Date: 15 Dec 2014


  • Q Science (General)
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental carcinogens
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • in vitro assays
  • in vivo assays
  • Genotoxicity
  • Monitoring
  • Interactions of pollutants
  • Aquatic Pollution


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