In 1993, around 115 thousand babies were born in Portugal. Today, I embrace being one of them.

My name is Alexandre and I am from Coimbra, a city known for hosting one of the oldest universities in Europe. I was born with a strong will of curiosity that revealed itself mostly when breaking stuff appart and putting it back together again.

As a violinist, I have had the chance to play in diverse events, to join national and international orchestras, and to perform in beautiful venues in the world. See more about this in the Music section.

Moved by invisible forces, I completed the Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at the University of Coimbra, without really acknowledging the capabilities of a biomedical engineer in this world.

My days are now spent in the Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research, where I am a PhD student in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. Here, I found the oportunity to combine my interests in music and technology with my passion for science.

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I completed my MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2016. Specializing in Clinical Informatics and Bioinformatics, I developed a thesis entitled Brain connectivity analysis for real-time fMRI neurofeedback experiments, where I got acquainted with a number of brain connectivity methods and critically applied them to a sample dataset. You can find the link for the thesis here.

Since then, I have been researching in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research (CIBIT). After roughly 3 years at the lab, I have enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Coimbra, in partnership with Siemens Healthineers Portugal.

My PhD project addresses the neurofeedback interface - as a musician, I thought of replacing the typical visual interface with something else - in this case, music - to provide a more immersive and clear feedback to the participant.

You can check my complete education CV at CiênciaVitae.