Diana graduated from the University of Porto, Portugal, with a Bachelor in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Neurobiology.

Before joining the lab, Diana developed her master thesis in the Nerve Regeneration group at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3s) in Porto investigating a gene therapy for spinal cord injuries (SCI). More precisely, Diana worked on a pre-clinical trial based on a adeno-associated virus-mediated delivery of a mutated and constitutively active form of Profilin-1 on a mouse model of SCI. During her master Diana was also a project-leader of a Caixa Impulse Validate Grant.