He holds a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Combra, where he works as an Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine. He was a secondary school teacher and was Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Sabugal Secondary School. His research interests include the development of thermal methodss for the assessment of tooth vitality, automatic control of laser localisers through nuclear imaging, and the determination of the location and orientation of a camera from known images. His publications include: "Tooth vitality determination using diferencial thermal methods". Francisco Caramelo, Fernando J. Mendes. J. J. P. Lima; BioEng (2001); “Determination of tooth vitality through differential thermic methods”, Francisco Caramelo, Fernando J. Mendes, J. J. P. Lima, Francisco Gil, Hugo Vieira; III Congresso de Investigação em Medicina (2002).