Dr Ana Valado studied Clinical Analysis and Public Health at the Coimbra Health School, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra. In 1999 she finished biology at the University of Coimbra, where she completed a master's degree in cell biology. In 2018 she completed her PhD in biosciences. She was department director and coordinator of the master’s degree in clinical analysis. Today she is a coordinator professor at Coimbra Health School, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra. She is a Researcher at MARE-UC and at LabinSaúde-Coimbra Health School. She has authored and co-authored more than 50 articles in national and international publications, as well as oral and poster communications.