Teresa studied at the University of Lisbon and graduated with a Masters Degree in Biological Engineering. For her Masters thesis project, she went to a research laboratory at the University of Twente, in Netherlands. Here she developed an optimized microfluidic device for electrophysiological studies of cell-free synthesized ion channels, under the guidance of Dr Séverine Le Gac. Her CRITICAT PhD project will be supervised by Dr Rafael Guimarães da Silva and Dr Tracey Gloster at the University of St Andrews, and will focus on probing the chemical mechanisms of a bifunctional enzyme involved in histidine biosynthesis. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking and travelling.