I have a graduation pre-Bolonha in Microbial Biology and Genetics and a MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics by Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa. I recently obtained a PhD degree in Biotechnology at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (July 2014). In 2008, I worked as a MSc student in Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA, Lisboa) aiming to investigate the influence of polymorphisms in DNA repair genes (through PCR-RFLP) on the frequency of chromosome aberrations induced by a genotoxic agent (ionizing radiation) in human lymphocytes. Since 2009 until July 2014, I worked with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the Biological Sciences Research Group (BSRG), Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB) at IST, Universidade de Lisboa. My work was mainly focused on comparative transcriptomic analysis aiming to identify biomarker genes and new mechanistic insights of the toxicological effects of six different pesticides in the model yeast. My studies also aimed to develop simple bioassays based on S. cerevisiae and on the simple animal model Caenorhabditis elegans for the assessment of the potential toxicity of pesticides in environmental samples.