Directory Board

L. Monteiro Rodrigues
General Director

Luis Monteiro Rodrigues holds a MSc and a PhD in cardiovascular physiology. He is the head of the research unit CBIOS (Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa P) where he leads the Modelling Systems team, dedicated to basic physiological modelling with a special focus on skin functions and mechanisms and microcirculatory research.

The most recent research reveals the interest on the modelling (human as animal) of the neuroregulatory cross-talk evoked by a) functional testing interventions (e.g. active hyperemia),  b) movement and posture biomechanics (gait, exercise) and c) baseline perfusion assymetries.  Also relevant, the study of the interactions of diferent lasers with tissues and perfusion data analysis.

This team has also a broad and extensive experience in advanced training in these domains.

Founder and current Chairman of the Portuguese Physiological Society.


Ana Sofia Fernandes
Scientific Director for Innovation

Ana Sofia Fernandes is graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2004), has a PhD in Pharmacy (specialty of Toxicology, 2010) and is an European Registered Toxicologist (2018).

She is an Associate Professor at Universidade Lusófona. She is also the Scientific Director for Innovation and the coordinator of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Molecular Mechanisms of CBIOS Research Center. She has published, from 2007 on, over 60 scientific full papers indexed to Scopus/Pubmed.

She is author/co-author of around 150 scientific communications (oral and panel). Her main research interest is to explore the impact of ROS and redox modulators on cancer etiology, progression, and therapeutics.


Patrícia Rijo
Scientific Director for Communication and External Relations

MSc PhD, she’s an assistant Professor at the School of Health Sciences and Technologies at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias; Escola Superior de Saúde Ribeiro Sanches (Lisbon, Portugal) since 2001 and member of Phytochemical Society of Europe and Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitoquímica e Fitoterapia.

She has several papers and communications in international peer-reviewed journals and meetings and works in Natural Products Chemistry since 1998.