Our Team

Inês Zimbarra Cabrita

Ph.D. | Chief Operations Officer

Inês holds a Ph.D in Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London (2014). She has graduated at the Lisbon School of Health Technology, obtaining a BSc degree in Cardiopneumology (2001), after which she obtained a Masters in Medical Imaging Ultrasound (2006) and later completed a 2-years Master focused on Monitoring, Quality and Statistics at University of Ferrara, Italy (2016).

Francisca Patuleia Figueiras

Ph.D. | Scientific Affairs Manager

Francisca holds a PhD in Biomedicine at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2012). She has graduated at Faculty of Science and Technology - New University of Lisbon where she obtained her Integrated Master’s degree (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering (2007). Recently in 2016 she finished a 2-years Master focused on Monitoring, Quality and Statistics at University of Ferrara, Italy.

Catarina Sousa

M.D. | Medical Advisor

Catarina graduated in the School of Medicine of Lisbon where she obtained her medical degree in 2004. In 2006 she started her Cardiology residency at Hospital Pulido Valente. Her training included a rotation in the Intensive Care Unit, at Saint Thomas’ Hospital and at the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Royal Brompton Hospital, in London. She is also an invited assistant at Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade de Lisboa. She is currently undertaking a PhD programme in Cardiovascular Sciences at the School of Medicine of Lisbon.

Carolina Costa

M.Sc. | Clinical Trial Assistant / Clinical Research Associate

Carolina graduated in BSc of Biotechnology at Beira Interior University in 2013. In 2015, she obtained her MSc also in biotechnology area, specifically in Mitochondrial Genetic Therapy. In 2017, she attended a course in Clinical Trials Monitoring and later, in 2018, she joined CETERA team as a CTA/CRA trainee.

Elisabete Apolinário

Executive Assistant

Elisabete completed in 2016 her Technical and Administrative certification at Citeforma, official School Center for accreditation in professional competences. She's accredited for all administrative tasks such as human resources management, accounting tasks between others. She is also certified in Good Clinical Practice.

Maria Inês Caetano

M.Sc. | Clinical Trial Assistant / Clinical Research Associate & Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Maria Inês graduated in the Superior Institute of Engineering of Coimbra, where she obtained her BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. Later, in 2014, she obtained her Master degree in Materials and Biomedical Devices at University of Aveiro. Recently she has undertaken a course in Clinical Research Monitoring and has integrated the CETERA team as Clinical Trial Assistant and Regulatory Affairs Specialist. Currently, Maria Inês is also Clinical Research Associate in some studies.

Rita Carilho Torrão

Ph.D. | Scientific Affairs Specialist

Rita holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Aston University, Birmingham, UK (2017) and a MSc in Biochemistry from Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (2009). Rita has been focused on translational research, in particular within the immunology area. More recently, she has worked as Communication Manager and Solutions Analyst at Patient Innovation.

Sara Oliveira F. Pinheiro

Ph.D. | Clinical Research Associate / Medical Writing & Translation Specialist

Sara holds a Master’s degree in Biological Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (2011) and obtained her Ph.D. in neurosciences at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Universidade de Coimbra (2018). She has experience in science communication and outreach, as well as in teaching. In 2017 and 2018, she attended courses in Clinical Research Monitoring and Clinical Study Coordination, respectively. After being a trainee at Hospital da Luz, she joined the CETERA team as a Clinical Research Associate.

Susana Silva

M.Sc. | Clinical Research Associate

Susana graduated in the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), where she obtained her BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. Later, in 2015, she got her Master degree in Biomedical Technology also in IPB. Since 2016, Susana is working at the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) as a Study Coordinator. In 2017, Susana integrated the CETERA team as Clinical Research Associate.