About

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

Writing about me has always been a great challenge (as you can probably already tell by the lame introduction above). My name is Alexandre and I was born in Coimbra, a small city in Portugal known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and for its academic lifesyle. My parents tell that I was born with a somewhat strong will of curiosity, that revealed itself mostly when breaking stuff appart and putting it back again. Most often of course, I skipped the latter step. One of my first toys, a small green drumset, was my wonder and also my neighbours' nightmare. This event, I believe, triggered a passion for music that still burns intensely to this day.

Moved by these invisible forces, and many (many) mathematical formulas afterwards, I completed the Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at the 730-ish year old University of Coimbra, without really acknowledging what a biomedical engineer could be capable of in this world.

To be continued...

Education

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.

Please check my complete education CV at CiênciaVitae.