I completed my master’s degree in Physics Engineering and Technology from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, in 2001 (grade: 17/20), to which followed completion of the Licenciate Program in Biophysics/Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the IBEB, University of Lisbon (grade: 18/20).
My interest in systems neuroscience and the combination of temporal and spatial information to study human brain function were the trigger to initiate a scientific career path and move abroad. I achieved a Doctor of Science (Tech) in the field of neuroscience January 2008, under the supervisions of Professor Riitta Hari and Docent Veikko Jousmäki, from the Brain Research Unit (BRU), Helsinki Univervity of Technology.
In my doctoral research I produced novel results in the fields of audiotactile interaction, the human mirror neuron system, and brain rhythms. Also, I developed new skills in psychophysics experimentation, magnetoencephalography (MEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The PhD work resulted in 4 publications in prestigious and high-impact factor journals in the field of neuroscience and also a technical TKK report—one paper in PNAS was both part of the journal cover and commented within the same journal issue.
I continued my science path as a post-doctoral researcher at the BRU, Aalto University School of Science, with a study about nociception that lead to a publication in Cerebral Cortex. Simultaneously, I had a half-time job [01-04/2008] at the Advanced Magnetic Imaging Centre of the Aalto University, as a physicist and mostly management tasks. The opportunity to further develop my teaching skills was presented by participating in a BRU-based Elekta Neuromag Oy course designed for new users of MEG systems (lecture and hands-on-practical sessions).
At the end of 2008 I moved back to Portugal, to the Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (IBILI), University of Coimbra, where in 2009 I was awarded a Program Ciência 2008 position as a 5-years Faculty Researcher.
During that period novel challenges were presented to me, given the tasks to apply for research funding while the infrastructures were being built, altogether with the composition of the research group lead by Professor Miguel Castelo-Branco. The projects I wrote had diverse backgrounds, from a focus on methods to a clinical neuroscience approach such as emotion and pain in fibromyalgia. I achieved funding for 2 projects as a PI (one in Huntington’s disease and the other in basic neuroscience), 1 project as a co-investigator (also in Huntington’s disease), and 1 project on methods as a team member. I also collaborated actively with other teams in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and Psychophysiological Insomnia. All in all, the research work performed at IBILI focused in clinical neuroscience, neurodegeneration, structural and functional brain imaging, cognition and oculomotor function. Outputs include 6 works published with international peer-review, 3 manuscripts awaiting reviewers’ scores, several papers in preparation, conference proceedings, oral and poster presentations of research outputs, the co-supervision of one PhD thesis, the supervision of 3 master thesis, and the supervision of 4 grantees contracted via projects’ funds.
My teaching experience can be summarily described: I was a teaching assistant of Biophysics at Instituto Superior Técnico during my last year as undergraduate student (2000-2001), and a teaching assistant for hands-on classes of Biomathematics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra (2009-2011). Also, at academic level, I have mentored and supervised 7 students in laboratory rotation projects. At the community level and with a link to Academia, for more than one year have taught and supervised a young biomedical engineer diagnosed within autism spectrum, which resulted on a database of subcortical volumetric measures from more than 300 healthy participants; this appeared from a collaboration with the Portuguese Association for Developmental Disorders and Autism (APPDA) in Coimbra.
In 2011 I signed an Elekta Neuromag framework consultancy agreement (Elekta Oy), renewed and updated in 2016. The consultancy agreement encompasses assisting in scientific teaching and training with Elekta Neuromag® TRIUX™ MEG systems, whilst I have also been involved in other tasks.
Finally, since October 2016 I am an IST-ID postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, in the LaSEEB group coordinated by Professor Patrícia Figueiredo. I have defined my work plan along one identified strategic project of this research unit. Namely, at present I am defining laboratory settings (e.g. purchase of new equipment) within the scope of EEG/BCI/Neurofeedback.
GC has been a reviewer for: Experimental Brain Research, NeuroImage, European Journal of Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Academic Psychiatry, PLoSone.