Biology as an information science

Hello. Welcome to my little corner of the web.

I am a biologist and a bioinformatics person with an insatiable curiosity to understand the universe and life in it. I have a PhD in Bioinformatics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and have my name on 35 peer reviewed publications (I wrote many of them but not all :-) - click the tab on the right if that list is what brought you here).

I've always felt an appeal toward understanding Biology and how it works. It's all around us here on earth, yet only here. Why? The basic code that guides it is simple enough - only 4 letters repeated in different sequences and read at different times - yet the complexity that emerges from reading those sequences is mind boggling. Also, there are reasons to believe that the basic ingredients of the TCA cycle that drives the "wheel of energy" of life are pretty much anywhere and easy to make provided that there's carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen.

My hopes for the future is that we as a species can learn to understand Biology instead of being the victims of it. If we could understand and control the boundary conditions and constraints that make life possible at every known scale, we could create the conditions whereby cancer cures itself, or excessive CO2 and methane in the atmosphere can be "sucked" back into matter to create more matter. We may even be able to create the conditions to travel to the stars and explore other parts of the universe.

Roles

Current Role: Director of Disruptive Technologies at Elsevier Labs (since Feb 2017)

Previous roles: Associate Director, Medical Knowledge Informatics at Foundation Medicine (2013-2017); Post-doctoral researcher and Unit Leader at DERI (2011-2013); Graduate Research Assistant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (2006-2010); Research assistant at ITQB/UNL (2005-2006)

Education

Licenciatura (BS + MS) in Biology (2004), Universidade de Lisboa

PhD in Bioinformatics (2011), Universidade Nova de Lisboa