Dr. Sara Carvalho

Research interests | Curriculum vitae

Research interests

My main research motivation is to contribute to the understanding of the process of adaptive evolution in multicellular, sexual organisms. I am therefore interested in broad questions regarding the genetic mechanisms underlying adaptive evolution (mutation and recombination) and in understanding how genomic and phenotypic complexity can affect adaptation. Specifically, I seek to understand how life-history traits are shaped by natural selection and also how this proceeds differently in different sexes.

In this context, I find the relationship between reproduction and lifespan particularly interesting. Currently, I am investigating the mechanistic basis of the relationship between reproduction and lifespan and also how this relationship is modulated by diet.


Curriculum vitae

PhD in Evolutionary Biology. Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
Supervisor: Dr. Henrique Teotónio
PhD thesis entitled: “Adaptation from standing genetic variation and from mutation: experimental evolution of populations of Caenorhabditis elegans”.

IGC PhD Programme graduate student. Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Oeiras, Portugal. Accepted into the Programme which includes a semester of lectures and workshops in basic and applied biology research.

2001 – 2005
Licenciatura (equivalent to M.Sc.) in Biology. Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Four years degree.


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