Tânia obtained her BSc and MSc in Biochemistry from University of Porto. After that, she pursued her PhD studies in Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS, UP) under the supervision of Maria Salomé Gomes (ICBAS/IBMC) and Margarida Bastos (FCUP). The aim of the work was to assess the antimicrobial activity and the mechanism of action of several antimicrobial peptides. She was then awarded with a Post-Doctoral fellowship focused on infection, namely, the metabolism of iron and its impact on mycobacterial infections, immune response and anti-infective drugs. She is now working as a Junior Researcher within the context of a scientific project design to test ionic liquids as potential new therapeutics against mycobacterial diseases.