I did my graduation in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and I first worked as a technician during three years in a research project focusing on the conservation genetics of Portuguese amphibians and reptiles. From October 1998 to March 2004 I was a Ph.D. student at the same University, and my thesis was about the evolutionary history of an endemic Iberian lizard, Lacerta schreiberi.
I then moved as a Post-doc researcher to CIBIO, at the University of Porto, where my research interests are i) the analysis of hybrid zones of distinct amphibian and reptile species of the Iberian Peninsula through the combination of multiple molecular markers and specially, using recombination as a tool to infer past contacts between populations, ii) the understanding of the relation genotype-phenotype by using various domesticated species and a candidate gene approach, iii) the conservation genetics of endangered wolf populations in Iberia, and iv) the general development and application of molecular markers to answer a variety of questions involving both domestic and wild species. At the moment, I am particularly involved in the detailed molecular analysis of coat colour genes in rabbit and in the development of SNPs in different bird and mammalian species.
Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/L-6804-2013