Is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the Biomedical Institute of University of Porto (ICBAS). His laboratory is mostly devoted to the study cell division and of the mechanisms involved in maintaining genomic stability in higher eukaryotes where he has made major contributions to the identification and study of the molecular players involved in cell division. Started these studies during his posdoctoral work at Imperial College, UK, and later continued in Porto. Has published over 100 original peer review articles, supervised 24 PhD students and many postdocs. Teaches Molecular Genetics for Biochemistry and Bioengineering BsC Major at ICBAS, University of Porto and is responsible for the PhD Program on Cell and Molecular Biology. Obtained a First Degree Honors in Biology (1979) and a Ph.D. in Genetics (1983) from Sussex University, UK. Was born in Santiago, Chile, 1958. Has been nominated for many national and international positions. He is the Director of the Institute of Molecular Cellular Biology (IBMC) and head of the Molecular Genetics Group at the same institute. Currently he is Vice-Director of the i3s (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto). He is a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization since 2000, was Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (2007-2010), Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council (2010-2012) and Chair of the EMBL Council (2013-2016). Currently is a member of the Wellcome Trust-India Alliance fellowship selection committee (2014-2017). During 2007-2008 was the National Coordinator for the Evaluation of Research Units by the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal.