Associate Professor of Toxicology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal. Researcher at the UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit (FP-ENAS) and researcher collaborator at the Research Unit on Applied Molecular Biosciences (UCIBIO), REQUIMTE, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. Graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto (FFUP), post-graduated Master degree in Quality Control - Scientific Area in Drug Substances and Medicinal Plants at FFUP, and PhD in Toxicology at FFUP. Present research interests: 1. Studies on the mechanisms underlying the toxicity of drugs of abuse using in vitro cellular systems and in vivo studies; 2.Metabolomics in cancer biomarker discovery; 3.Toxicological studies using human normal and cancer renal primary cell cultures from surgical specimens; and 4. Evaluation of in vitro antioxidant and antitumoral activity of plant extracts. Author or co-author of over 60 papers in international scientific periodicals and of 7 book chapters. Reviewer for several national and international journals related to the field of Toxicology, Pharmacology and Oncology. Adviser or co-adviser of 6 PhD thesis and several master and graduation thesis. Collaboration in Funded Projects FCT-POCTI/FCB/36099/1999, FCT-POCTI/SAU-OBS/55849/2004, FCT-PTDC/SAU-OSM/101437/2008 and NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000024.