PI’s CV

Summary

  • Sep 2016 – : Lecturer at University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal
  • July 2016 – : Visiting Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 2015 – : Principal Investigator (Group Leader) at Institute of Molecular Medicine (iMM Lisboa), Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • May 2014 – : Visiting Lecturer at Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College of London (KCL), UK.
  • Jul 2012 – Apr 2014: Academic Lecturer at the Department of Psychosis Studies, IoP, KCL. New skills: MSc Module leading and MSc student supervision. Application: MSc and BSc lecturing in statistics, genetics and neuroimaging.
  • Mar 2011 – Apr 2014: UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Post-Doctoral Fellowship (full-time) at the Department of Psychosis Studies, IoP, KCL on “A multimodal approach for predicting the onset of psychosis”. Mentor: Philip McGuire. New skills: longitudinal genetic, clinical and psychosocial data collection; machine learning statistical analysis; sMRI neuroimaging data analysis; systematic reviewing. Application: pioneer multi-modal (genetic, environmental, neuroimaging, neuropsychological) biomarker design for predicting the onset of psychosis in an at-risk population; review of existing biomarkers for psychosis and proposal of quantitative evaluation criteria for treatment response and prognostic biomarkers, with Prof Shitij Kapur.
  • Apr 2008 – Apr 2010: Post-Doctoral research work (full-time) for Theragenetics Ltd (now Optimal Medicine, Ltd) & Department of Psychosis Studies, IoP, KCL on “Research into the genetic and pharmacogenetic aspects of illness and outcome in patients with first episode psychosis”. Supervisors: Prof. Philip McGuire and Dr. Janet Munro. New skills: collaborations between commercial, clinical and academic sites to set up pharmacogenetic clinical trials; pharmacogenetic longitudinal data collection and statistical analysis. Application: identification of the impact of dopamine regulating and receptor gene variations on symptomatological response to antipsychotics.
  • Feb 2004 – Mar 2008 (issued 1/1/2009): PhD in Neuroimaging Genetics (full-time) on the “Effect of dopamine regulating genes on regional brain function during verbal fluency in controls and in patients with schizophrenia” at the Section of Genetics & the Section of Neuroimaging of the Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry of the IoP, KCL. Supervisor: Prof. David Collier. New skills: molecular genetic association statistical analysis; DTI and fMRI neuroimaging analysis; collection of genetic and psychological data via interview with healthy and clinical populations; meta-database management; intra and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Application: novel design for combination of imaging and molecular genetics to examine the impact of several psychosis risk gene variations in brain function during a cognitive-executive task and white matter integrity in health, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Oct 2002 – Jul 2003: Leonardo Da Vinci traineeship on the “Candidate gene association in eating disorders” at the Section of Genetics, Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry, IoP, KCL. Supervisor: Prof. David CollierNew skills: molecular genetics wet lab work. Application: discovery of risk genes for eating disorders.
  • Sep 2001 – Jun 2002: Erasmus residency on Genetics and Biotechnology courses at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Greece.
  • Sep 1997- Jul 2002 (issued 11/09/2002): Licenciatura in Biologyequivalent to a BSc (Hons) or BSc+MSc at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Grade: 16/20 (equivalent to a UK First-Class Honours or 80% mark).

 

Education and Training

START END DEGREE INSTITUTION MENTOR DISCIPLINE
Mar 2011 Apr 2014 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Psychosis Studies Dep., Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK Prof. Philip McGuire

 

Machine learning, psychiatric biomarkers
Mar 2008 Apr 2010 Post-Doctoral Research Psychosis Studies Dep., Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK & Optimal Medicine, Ltd (Joint-Venture) Prof. Philip McGuire

Dr. Janet Munro

Psychological interview, pharmacogenetics, schizophrenia
Feb 2004 Feb 2008 (issued Jan 2009) PhD Neuroimaging Genetics Genetics Section, and Neuroimaging Section, Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London, UK Prof. David Collier

Prof. Sir Robin Murray

Neuroimaging genetics, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
Oct 2002 Nov 2003 Leonardo Da Vinci fellowship Psychological Medicine Dep., Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK Prof. David Collier Genetics lab-work
Sep 2001 Jun 2002 Erasmus fellowship Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece N/A Genetics, proteomics courses
Sep 1997 Jun 2002 BSc+MSc Biology Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal N/A Grade: 16/20 (= 1st-Class Honours or 80% mark).

Professional Positions

START END POSITION DEPARTMENT INSTITUTION
Sep 2016 Lecturer Social and Organizational Psychology Dept., Human and Social Sciences School University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal
July 2016 Visiting Lecturer Neuro-radiology Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Jan 2015 Group Leader Diana Prata’s Lab (Research Unit) Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM Lisboa), Portugal
May 2014 Visiting Lecturer Neuroimaging Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
Jul 2012 Apr 2014 Lecturer (module leader) Psychosis Studies Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK

 

Gap Explanatory Notes: I have made three 2-4 month breaks between training and labour contracts to volunteer as a teacher in several NGOs in developing countries, plus one travelling break as per the table below.

START END ROLE INSTITUTION
Aug 2014 Dec 2014 Volunteer teacher 3 NGOs: Haburas Foundation, Hamutuk and Paz Y Desarollo, Dili, East-Timor
Dec 2010 Feb 2011 Volunteer teacher 2 NGOs: Salaam Balaak Trust and Poritranseva, India
July 2010 Sep 2010 Volunteer teacher 1 NGO: R.O.L.E. Foundation, Bali, Indonesia
Dec 2003 Feb 2004 Travelling Mozambique

Refereeing, Consulting and Advice

DATE ROLE INSTITUTION
2016 Grant Review Panel French National Research Agency
2015 Scientific Consultant European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), Portugal
2015 Post-graduate Scientific Committee Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Post-graduate Scientific Committee Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Post-graduate Scientific Committee Institute for Applied Psychology Research (ISPA), Portugal
2014 Ethics Advisory Board Schizophrenia International Research Society Ethics Committee
2013 Editorial Review Board Frontiers of Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation – Frontiers of Psychiatry
2012-2014 Learning and Teaching Group Mental Health Studies MSc, IoP, KCL, UK
2012-2014 E-Research Methods Working Group King’s College London, UK
2009 Grant Review Panel Austrian Science Fund
2008- Referee in peer-review journals (N=21) Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Neuropsychiatric Genetics; Cerebral Cortex; Translational Psychiatry; Human Brain Mapping; Psychological Medicine; European Journal of Psychiatry; Biological Psychiatry; Neuroimage; Schizophrenia Research; Schizophrenia Bulletin; Psychiatry Research; Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry; Genes, Brain and Behaviour; Bipolar Disorders; Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences; Cognitive Neuropsychiatry; Behavioural and Brain Functions; Psychopharmacology; Journal of Neural Transmission; Nordic Journal of Psychiatry

 

Organization of Scientific Meetings

DATE EVENT INSTITUTION
2016 6h conference on PET/MR and SPECT/MR (PSMR2017) Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

 

Startup Company

DATE NAME INSTITUTION
In process NeuroPsyCAD (Computerized Assisted Diagnosis for NeuroPsychiatry) iMM Lisboa & Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Portugal

 

Membership of Learned Societies

DATE SOCIETY
2016 Mind-Brain College, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Organization for Human Brain Mapping
2014 Schizophrenia International Research Society
2013 Society for Neuroscience
2009 Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK (PARSUK).
2009 King’s College London Alumni

 

Invited Oral Presentations at International Meetings

DATE EVENT INSTITUTION
2016 SynaNet 2016 Summer School on Machine Learning and Bioinformatics University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
2016 8th Workshop on Biomedical Engineering Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Royal College International Congress Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
2010 Winter Conference on Brain Research The European Brain and Behaviour Society, France
2009 Congress of Rehabilitation and Inclusion in Mental Health University of Coimbra, Portugal
2007 Workshop on Behaviour Pathologies: Biological Approaches conference, Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal
2003 International Conference on Eating Disorders Association for Eating Disorders, USA

 

Awards and Honors

DATE DISTINCTION INSTITUTION
2016 Startup idea pre-selected in Cohitec 2016 competition Technology Commercialization Accelerator, COTEC, Portugal
2016 ‘InovPortugal New Ideas B2B’ award to Startup idea (among >13000 competitors) Acredita Portugal, Portugal
2015 Breakthrough Idea Grant iMM Lisboa
2014 FCT Investigator 5-year Contract Award (IF/00787/2014) Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal
2013 Academic Advancement Promotion (grade 6 to 7) King’s College London
2013 EU Marie Curie 4-year Career Integration Grant (631952; FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG) European Commission
2013 Distinguished as a top early career researcher to the UK Research Excellence Framework assessment 2014 King’s College London
2011 Brain travel award Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UK
2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award & Grant (PDF-2010-03-047) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK
2010 Harvard Medical School Travel Award National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), USA
2009 Brain travel award Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UK
2006-2008 7 Travel awards Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
2003 PhD Fellowship Award & Grant (SFRH/BD/12394/2003) Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal
2002 Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship European Commission
2002 Erasmus Fellowship European Commission
2002 AED Junior Investigator Travel Fellowship Academy for Eating Disorders, USA