She holds a Doctorate in History of Culture with a dissertation entitled “Darwin em Portugal. Filosofia. História. Engenharia Social 1865-1914” [Darwin in Portugal: Philosophy, History, Social Engineering 1865-1914] (2 vols., 1998). She is a Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra and a Researcher at the History and Sociology of Science Group CEIS20 at the same institution. Her principal research interests are: the history of culture, the history of scientific culture, the history of ideas, the history of scientific ideas, the history of medicine, the history of pharmacology, the history of the life sciences, (especially projects on the history of the body), the history of psychiatry, the history of hygiene and public health, medicine and poisons, as well as the history of Darwinism in Portugal.
She has coordinated and participated in projects at national and international levels in these areas, some of which were financed by the FCT, FCG and the Ministry of Science and Innovation in Spain. She is author or co-author of more than a hundred and fifty publications in book form, book chapters and articles published in scientific journals and collective works in Portugal and abroad, and is author or co-author of statements and conference presentations at national and international meetings. She is also part of international research networks. Her supervision of thesis work at both masters and doctoral level since 2011 has seen her as advisor or co-advisor of eleven doctorates or post-doctorates, of which nine were financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
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