Cristina Carvalho graduated in Biology from the University of Coimbra (UC) in 2007 and in the same year she was qualified to attend the specialized master program in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Faculty for Science and Technology of UC (FCTUC), program that she finished in 2008 with a score of 18 in 20 values. She applied to a PhD scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), that she started in the beginning of 2009. From 2009 to 2013 she worked under the supervision of Dr. Paula Moreira at Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology/ Life Sciences Department of FCTUC in the field of neurodegeneration with special focus in T2D-associated complications as risk factors for neurodegenerative events that could compromise brain homeostasis. Her Ph. D. project was performed in collaboration with Prof. David Busija form Tulane University, New Orleans where she performed a scientific internship for almost seven months. Cristina Carvalho obtained her Ph.D. degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Coimbra in 2013.
From 2013 to 2016 she had the opportunity to integrate different projects and increase her skills in different areas, trough different project fellowships in the area of Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes, increasing her knowledge in the field. In 2015/2016 she was awarded a post-doc grant from FCT, and is presently working in explore deeper the association between type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying the relationship among those pathologies, in order to achieve knowledge of possible therapeutic targets that could be used as preventive strategies against type 2 diabetes-induced neurodegeneration. In her curriculum it can be found 7 book chapters and more than 49 papers in international peer-reviewed journals with over 2167 citations and a h-index of 23.