Bachelor in Physiotherapy at Health School of Alcoitão (1987). Graduated in Special Education and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon (1996). Obtained a MSc in Exercise and Health (2002) and a PhD in Physical activity and Health (2011) both at Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon (FMH-UL).
Full professor at the department of Sciences and Technologies of Rehabilitation, Scientific area of Physiotherapy at Lisbon School of Health Technology at Polytechnique Institute of Lisbon (ESTeSL-IPL), responsible for the courses of “Exercise Physiology” and “Cardiorrespiratory Physiotherapy” in undergraduate studies in Physiotherapy.
Researcher at “Exercise and Health laboratory – LabES” at Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance (CIPER at FMH-UL), since 2013 and recently also a researcher at “Gerontology and Geriatric Health Research Group-2GHRG” from Health and Technology Research Centre (CIST-IPL) a newly formed research centre from ESTeSL-IPL (since 2016).
Main research activity involves the evaluation of sarcopenia, functionality, frailty and disability and their relationship with healthy ageing. Also exercise training programmes and exercise prescription in special populations with special interest in Transplanted populations. Other research interests: respiratory muscles assessment and training.