Curriculum Vitae 

Research Fellowships

  • February 2020 - October 2021: Research Fellowship (PI), "Quantification and outcome prediction of epilepsy surgery using mathematical modelling", funded by ISSF Wellcome Trust award
  • June 2019 - January 2020: Research Fellowship, "Recurrence analysis for the characterisation and classification of epileptic patients", GW4 Accelerator Fund
    • Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK
    • Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Cardiff University, UK
    • Line manager: Dr. Naoki Masuda
    • Collaborators: Dr. Jiaxiang Zhang
  • October 2018 - May 2019: Research Fellowship, "An optimal computer model for the diagnosis and prognosis of focal epilepsies", Ref. P1505
  • April 2015 - October 2018: Research Fellowship, "Dynamic Modelling of Complex Brain Networks", Ref. RS/JH/P48025.
  • January 2015 - March 2015: Research Fellowship, "Random field Kuramoto Model on complex networks".
  • April 2011 - December, 2014: PhD Fellowship, “Response dynamics and stochastic resonance in noisy neural networks”, Ref. SFRH/BD/ 68743/2010. 
  • May 2010 - March, 2011: Research Fellowship, “Stochastic Resonance in Neural Networks”, Ref. PTDC/SAU-NEU/103904/2008.


Administrative Experience

Teaching Experience

  • 2017: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme - Stage 2, attendance, University of Exeter
  • 2017: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme - Stage 1, attendance, University of Exeter
  • 2015 - 2016: Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Sciences (NSC1002), tutorial classes, CEMPS, University of Exeter, one year.
  • 2011 - 2012: Mecânica e Oscilações (Mechanics and Oscillations), laboratory classes, Physics Department of Universidade de Aveiro, one semester. 
  • 2011 - 2012: Elementos de Física (Elements of Physics), laboratory classes, Physics Department of Universidade de Aveiro, one semester. 

Participation in Projects


  • 2018-2021: Co-supervisor of Elodie M. Lopes, PhD student, "Towards Personalized In-Silico Mathematical Models and Tools for Brain Networks Simulations and Study of Optimal Therapeutic Approaches to Refractory Epilepsy", INESC TEC, (co-supervision with Prof. Dr. João Paulo Cunha, Prof. Dr. M.D. Soheyl Noachtar, and Prof. Prof. Dr. Alexander Goltsev).
  • Co-supervision of Luke Burguete, rotational PhD student (~5 months), "Modelling epilepsy surgery and the impact on healthy brain dynamics", University of Bristol, 2020

  • Co-supervision of Jake Ahern, rotational PhD student (~5 months), "Modelling the Dynamics of the Dentate Gyrus", University of Bristol, 2020

  • 2014 - 2015: Co-supervisor of Elodie M. Lopes, MSc Thesis "Random field Kuramoto Model on complex networks" (written in Portuguese), Universidade de Aveiro, (co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Alexander Goltsev). 

Journal Referee

  • Epilepsia; Neural Networks;PLoS Computational Biology;Scientific Reports; NeuroImage; iScience; IEEE Access; Brain Topography.


  • 2018: Researcher-Led Initiative Award (£ 1000) to organize the workshop: Brain Networks and Neurological Disorders: from Theory to Clinic
  • 2016: Bursary to attend the Meeting of Minds at Cardiff University
  • 2016: Travel Grant to attend the Bernstein Conference 2016 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 
  • 2015: Travel Stipend Award to attend the IWSP7: Epilepsy Mechanisms, Models, Prediction and Control at the University of Melbourne
  • 2010: 1st place in the “II Local Engineering Competition in the modality of Case Study”
  • 2009: Merit Scholarship for Exceptional Performance
  • 2008: “Award Oliveira & Irmão” offered by Oliveira & Irmão, SA to the best finalist of the B.Sc. in Physical Engineering
  • 2008: "Award Best Student of the B.Sc. in Physical Engineering", Physics Department of Universidade de Aveiro
  • 2007: 2nd place in Nightmat – National Math Competition
  • 2006: 3rd place in Nightmat – National Math Competition
  • 2005: 2nd place in "Who wants to know more about Physics"

Science outreach:

  • Author of the book: Para Além dos Ombros de Gigantes, Preface by Carlos Fiolhais, Edições Viriato, March 2018, ISBN: 978-989-20-8174-8.
  • Author of the blog Sophia of Nature. It is blog devoted to science popularisation, where I have published over 100 articles about Physics, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Mathematics and Neuroscience. 
  • Invited collaborator of AstroPT, Ciência com TodosInComunidade, and Ciência Viva na Imprensa Regional. I contribute with science outreach articles.
  •  2007 - 2014: Board member of the Physics Association of University of Aveiro - FISUA (Vice-President, Treasurer, among other positions).I participated in the organisation of events such as “Horizontes da Física” (“Physics Horizons”), which is a cycle of conferences devoted to science popularisation. I also presented Physics Shows and Astronomy sessions (within “Astronomia no Verão” – “Astronomy in the Summer”).

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