Cátia Mourão has been awarded a PhD and MA in Art History of Antiquity and has a degree in History/History of Art, all from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNL).
Her research is focused on classical iconography and iconology (mainly of roman mosaics), its origins and development in occidental art until our days.
Her Doctoral thesis addressed the study of heteromorphic figurations (teratology, hybridism and metamorphosis in progress) in Roman Hispania's mosaics, and was passed with the highest classification by an international jury, recommended for publication and, therefore, the author’s name was added to the Board of Honour (2010-2011). Her Master’s thesis on water iconography in Roman mosaics in Portugal was supported by Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), passed with the highest classification by an international jury and published by EPAL (Lisboa, 2008).
She is the Director of Museu da Assembleia da República (Museum of the Portuguese Parliament), a Member and Associated Researcher of Instituto de História da Arte (FCSH-UNL) and a Member of AIEMA (Association International pour l'Étude de la Mosaïque Antique). She has organised scientific meetings on Art History of Antiquity, co-curated Art exhibitions and participated by invitation in free courses, academic seminars, symposia and scientific research teams in Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey and Italy, with several publications.