Catarina Durão studied Nutrition Sciences at the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto. In 2004, she received her MSc in Food Technology at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Nova University of Lisbon and, in 2016, she concluded the PhD in Public Health at the University of Porto Medical School.
In 1993 she moved to Macau where she was a trainee at the Technical Unit of Hygiene of the Technical Unit of Epidemiologic Surveillance and at Macau’s Primary Care Health Services, and worked as guest lecturer at the Polytechnic Institute of Macau (1995-98). After her return to Portugal, she extended her teaching experience as invited assistant lecturer at Jean Piaget’s Institute and at the Atlantic University. She also worked has clinical nutritionist in several private clinics and was Medical Advisor at Nestlé Nutrition from 2007 until 2010.
Currently, she is a researcher at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto, and she is a member of the Research Group on Nutritional Epidemiology and Obesity of the Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit), where she develops research focused on determinants of dietary habits, overweight and obesity during early childhood.