Post-doctoral Researcher, i3S (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde)Biography
Ana is a researcher with a degree in Biology from University of Coimbra (2005) and a PhD in Veterinarian Sciences from ICBAS, University of Porto (2012). Her research line started right after her graduation, in the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), where she intended to understand if different depths of anaesthesia could induce behavioural changes in rodents. This research continued in her PhD and during one year as a post-doc in a project. The gap between the increasing use of zebrafish models and the lack of appropriate knowledge of some procedures in research, such as anaesthesia, led Ana to apply her research line to zebrafish. She was funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) as Principal Investigator of a project regarding the effects of anaesthesia in zebrafish development using behavioural tasks, and assessment of morphology, genetic expression, and cellular alterations (IBMC, UTAD, CNBC). Currently, she has got a post-doctoral fellowship to optimize zebrafish anaesthesia using a clinical and animal welfare perspective. Besides this line of research, she is also particularly interested in finding better euthanasia methods and refining other situations in laboratory animals. Since 2007 she is also a trainer in the Laboratory Animal Science course FELASA (category C) at IBMC.