A mathematician by academic profession, she studied at the Universities of Porto (Portugal) and Warwick (UK). She has published and taught on a wide range of mathematical and statistical subjects in biomedicine, public health and community medicine.
She was dean of ICBAS from 1992 to 2004. During her time as dean, she was responsible for the development of the degree of Veterinary Medicine as well as the Masters and Doctoral programmes in Nursing Science. There was, during these twelve years a substantial growth in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, a five-fold increase in published research activity, and an extensive programme of rebuilding and expansion of the Institute.
In addition to her research and teaching in Porto, she has a wide range of international collaborations. She has led an important program funded by the World Bank and the Government of Portugal in the development of postgraduate medical education in Guiné-Bissau. She was a member of the Executive Committee of AMSE (Association of Medical Schools in Europe) from 2005 until 2017.
Presently, she is Dean for Student Affairs, and Director of the graduate programmes in Nursing at ICBAS-University of Porto and she is also a member of the General Council of the University of Porto.