Marta graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2001. She started her professional life working in the diagnostic laboratories of the same university with a research scholarship while working in first opinion small animal practice. After five years combining small animal practice with work as a clinical pathologist, she completed a Masters in Medical Microbiology and became a lecturer in clinical pathology and infectious diseases at the Lusofona University, in Lisbon.
In 2009 she moved to the UK to undertake a clinical pathology residency at the University of Bristol, where she has remained ever since. She is a Fellow the Royal College of Pathologist (Veterinary Clinical Pathology) and a member of the Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESGVM/ESCMID). Marta's special interests lie in the diagnosis of infectious diseases, antimicrobial sensitivity testing, biomarker development, and all that pertains to a microscope, where she finds beauty every day.