My research activity is focused on the study of the upper atmosphere of Venus and Mars through both data analysis and modelling. During my PhD, at IAA in Granada, Spain, I was involved in the exploitation of data from the satellite Venus Express, orbiting around the planet Venus from 2006 to 2014, more specifically non-LTE emissions by CO2 and CO. I also contributed to the development of a 1-D ionospheric photochemical model, that was implemented in the Mars Global Circulation Model (MGCM) developed at the LMD, in Paris, France. Successively, during a 2 year postdoc at LMD I have been in charge of the extension of the Venus GCM (VGCM) up to the thermosphere of the planet (150 km) by the inclusion of the main physical processes playing a role in the thermal balance above 100 km.
Since October 2016 I work at IA, in Lisbon. I am investigating the high variability recently observed in the middle/upper atmosphere of Venus and Mars combining model simulations and observations. My main current research interest is to study the impact of specific physical processes, such as non-orographic gravity waves propagation, to the transport of heat and constituents at those upper layers of Venus and Mars atmospheres.