My scientific activities so far have been centered on areas such as Population genetics, Phylogenetics, Molecular Biology and Molecular evolution. As subjects of my study, I have chosen dog breeds. I am interested in domestic dog breeds because 1) it is one of the most curious and interesting human domesticate species and 2) peripheral dog breeds such as the ones from Iberia Peninsula and North Africa, have been studied poorly. These represent a great case study to address issues such as local domestication or local hybrization post-domestication processes. The origin of these breeds, their genetic structure and phylogenetic affinities with other breeds and with the Iberian wolf, have been my main research topics. More recently I have developed skills and expertise in the area of ancient DNA analysis in order to be able to understand dog origin and its evolutionary trajectory in Iberia.
Presently I hold a Post doctoral fellowship and I am dedicated to the study of animal domestication based on the ancient DNA analysis of Bos and Canis zooarchaeological specimens from pre-historic and historic times in Iberia.
Apart from my domain of specialization, I became interested and developed research in the area of Immunology and Education. In particular, I have set a murine model to investigate the recovery of the T cell compartment after an autologous stem cell transplant and therapy with Immunoglobulin. More recently, I was the principal scientific researcher for the development of the Kit ImunoGénius, a product from Portuguese Biologists Association, for students and teachers of the secondary level school. This kit was awarded the "Ágora" award in the Science competition "Ciencia en Acción" (Spain)