I was born in Buenos Aires in 1954, where I grew up, moving in my early teens to Boston with my parents and brother, and then to Paris. I studied math and statistics at the Université de Paris and started my career in the media in that city in the early 80’s, first as a science journalist for Pour la Science, the French edition of Scientific American, and then for the French science magazine La Recherche. In 1989, I moved to Portugal (where I married) and started working at the science desk of the newly-founded daily newspaper PÚBLICO in Lisbon, where I still work today. In the mid-90’s, I was instrumental to the creation of the newspaper’s website, which is today the most influential media site in Portugal.
In parallel to my journalistic career, I also worked as a translator. In 1993, I won the national prize of the Société Française de Traducteurs for my translation of Gerald Edelman’s Bright Air, Brilliant Fire for the Editions Odile Jacob (Paris).
I live in Lisbon with my husband and our two children.
My journey to my genes started with a DNA test. Next, I wrote a story about it for my newspaper, the Portuguese daily PÚBLICO, with exactly that title, Journey to my genes, which I publish here as a first “chapter”. But since there’s much more to say – for one thing, the information I receive from the firm who performed the test is regularly updated when new scientific results arise –, I decided to create this blog: to keep writing the story, to talk about things I couldn’t fit into the original article, and to explore more deeply the things I found out. And also, to make this adventure more interactive. Send me your comments and questions. If you’re linked professionally to areas such as health and genetics, you can mention this affiliation if you think it’s relevant – but you can also send anonymous comments (all comments will be moderated by me).