Clara obtained her Biology degree and MSc in Human Biology at the University of Porto, Portugal. In 2002 she completed her PhD in Biochemistry, investigating molecular interactions in Amyloid Diseases, a collaboration project between Porto, Leeds and Umeå Universities. After graduating, Clara moved to the UK to work as a Research fellow with Prof John Findlay at the University of Leeds, working mainly with Lipocalins and their cellular receptors, identifying structural binding/transport motifs and investigating the physiological link between vitamin A uptake and Type 2 Diabetes. Clara joined Stefan’s team in May 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow, part of a joint project with Dr Ahmed Ahmed (Nuffield Dept Obstetrics and Gynaecology) investigating the therapeutic potential of the Salt-Inducible Kinase (SIK2) in ovarian cancer. Since November 2013, as part of SGC, Clara mainly investigates different subfamilies of kinases involved in alternative splicing through phosphorylation-mediated regulation of SR proteins activity.