BSc: (Licenciatura) in Pathologic, Cytologic and Thanatologic Anatomy at Health Sciences School, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal.
Dissertation: "Evaluation of the utility of measurements of the sternum for estimating adult stature"
MSc: in Human Evolution and Human Biology at Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Dissertation: "Perimortem Blunt Force Trauma Analysis: On the Reconstruction of the Circumstances of Death from Human Skeletal Remains"
Supervisor: Dr. Hugo Cardoso
Physical Anthropology, Human Osteology, Stature Estimation, Paleopathology, Forensic Anthropology, Bone Trauma, Bone Biomechanics.
PhD Research: My current enthusiasm is linked to bone trauma analysis which was sparked by the research conducted for my master’s dissertation on blunt force trauma analysis and the reconstruction of the circumstances of death from human skeletal remains. While working on this topic I came to acknowledge that several issues related to bone trauma analysis are still not properly clarified in the literature. In a forensic investigation, there are still considerable limitations in the assessment of the manner of death from human skeletal remains analysis, namely in distinguishing an accidental from a suicidal or homicidal fall.
My long-term research interests at SFU are to try to bring together expertise on skeletal trauma and injury biomechanics characteristics of a fall. The main goal would be to clarify the type and pattern of skeletal injury resulting from free-falls and to identify the relationship between specific skeletal fractures and the cause of the fall, whether they are accidental, suicidal or homicidal, to be able to ultimately determine the circumstances and cause of a fall-related death, in a medico legal context.