Patrícia Padrão was born in 1974, in Coimbra. She graduated in Nutritional Sciences in 2001 at the Faculty of Food and Nutritional Sciences (FCNAUP) where she works since 2004 as technician and teacher. In 2007 she concluded the Master in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute of the University of Porto, with a research in social, demographic, behavioural and health aspects of smoking in Portugal. In 2014 she completed her PhD in Food Consumption and Nutritional Sciences at FCNAUP with a research in risk factors for non-communicable diseases in Mozambique, developed in collaboration with the ISPUP. She has been developing research in national and international projects in the area of risk factors for non-communicable diseases, particularly on the exposure to food and nutritional conditions, which resulted in (co)authorship of several scientific publications in national and international journals. She is a member of the scientific council of the Institute of Hydration and Health and of the editorial board of the journal Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. She integrates the Fiscal Council of the Professional Association of Nutritionists in Portugal.