Maria Joana Barbosa graduated in Biochemistry from FCUP/ICBAS-UP in 2007. On her final Licentiate degree internship, she worked on the development of a methodology for the assessment of insulin bioactivity upon its nanoencapsulation. In 2009, she completed an MSc in Biochemistry at the same institutions. During this period, she focused on the characterization of the molecular alterations underlying spindle assembly checkpoint inefficiency in brain tumour cells. In the meanwhile, she started working as an Invited Assistant Professor at IUCS/CESPU, lecturing theoretical, practical and theoretical-practical classes in the fields of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cytogenetics, Microbiology and Clinical Toxicology to several BSc and MSc degrees. She also became member of the Pedagogic Council of the same institution. During her research path, she also integrated teams dedicated to the study of the secretory pathway of proteins with biotechnological interest and of pharmacogenetic variations with toxicological relevance. She is currently attending the Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine from FMUP. She is interested in opioid pharmacogenetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and toxicology.