Denisa Mendonça was born in Porto (1953), graduated in Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (1976). She joined the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto (1977) and completed her PhD in Biostatistics, Faculty of Sciences University of Exeter, UK (1987). In 1991 she became Associate Professor and in 2006 a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (ISPUP), until 2015.
She was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Master in Public Health, UP and has taught a wide variety of general and specialised topics in Biostatistics at Under Graduate and Post Graduate level. Currently, she conducts research at the Institute of Public Health (Department of Biostatistics/ Biostatistics and Health Metrics Group, EPIUnit) and at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar involved in PhD project supervision (Applied Math, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences and Nursing Sciences).