Ânia is from Lisbon, graduated in Biology from University of Évora a small town in south of Portugal. After completing her studies, she returned to Lisbon to take a Master’s in Biotechnology at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA). Always interested in studying the brain she did her master’s project at Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid focused on the regulation of adult neuronal stem cells in Alzheimer’s disease models.
She worked as microscopy assistant at Gulbenkian Science Institute in Lisbon which allowed her to participate and organize national and international practical courses for both, experts and general public.
Determined to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, in 2016 she enrolled in a European PhD program integrated in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. She did her PhD at University of Bordeaux and in collaboration with Jansen Pharmaceuticals. She developed and implemented an in vitro model of Alzheimer’s to study the neuronal activity during the progression of the disease. This work earned her the attendance at several international conferences and congresses. Additionally, she also participated as an instructor in different well recognised European Neuroscience Training Programmes.
Joining the Angels Initiative as a consultant it was a turning point not only in her career but in her life. Working to improve stroke care allows her to achieve what she has always sought, to have a real impact on patients' lives.