Helder Maiato graduated in Biochemistry and holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Porto. He was a visiting PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and a Post-doctoral Research Affiliate at the New York State Department of Health (USA). He authored nearly 70 scientific articles in highly prestigious journals, including Science, Cell and Nature Cell Biology and received many national and international awards. At present, he is a Principal Investigator at IBMC and Invited Auxiliary Professor at Faculty of Medicine at the University of Porto. His main research interest is the spatial control of cell division and coordinates a project from the European Research Council. Since 2012 he serves as National Counsellor for Science and Technology to the Portuguese Prime Minister. In 2015 he founded YScience, a company that employs PhDs to develop science education programs for young children.