Susana Isabel Correia de Oliveira Santos was born on the 14th July 1973 in Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal). She studied Zootechnical Engineering at the “Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro”, Vila Real, Portugal. After having done a preceptorship at the Avian and Exotic Animals Medicine Division of the University of Utrecht Veterinary Faculty in 1999, she immediately started an academically directed research project at the same. Still in the latest, this was followed by the beginning of her PhD in February 2000, all the way up to her successfull thesis defense in September 2005. Currently she integrates a biophotonics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) located in Barcelona, Spain.