He holds a Doctorate in Biotechnology from the University of Coimbra. He carried out his Post-Doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Tecnhology (MIT, USA), in the areas of stem cells and biomaterials. He currently coordinates a team of twenty researchers in CNC/Biocant and develops projects on stem cells and biomaterials, namely for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. To date he has published more than fifty articles abroad and is the co-inventor of sixteen patents. He won the 2008 Cryosteminal award and the ERC Starting Grant in 2012.