He was born in Elvas in 1963 and is married with one child.
He obtained a Degree in Biology in 1985 and taught for a short period at the Cantenhede Secondary School after which time (1986) he began working at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he is currently Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Life Sciences.
He finished his Doctorate in Biology in 1995 and in 2004 he presented his credentials for the title of Tenured Professor.
In 1996, he created the course entitled ‘Plant Biotechnology,’ one which he has taught ever since. He also teaches the following subjects: Plant Development, Forest Resources, and Experimental Embryology. He is the coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Biodiversity and Plant Biotechnoogy and a researcher at the Pharmceutical Studies Centre.
His scientific research interests centre on the development of plants with a particular slant on embryogenesis, and in the applied sciences he is interested in the role of biotechnology in the improvement of plants and the production of composite chemicals.
In the few hours of free time he has he likes to engage in a little bit of gardening (for a change), to take photographs (badly), to go cycling, to listen to music and he also likes to read and to look at the stars, but not necessarily in that order.