Cândida Lucas was born in Porto in 1958. She holds a PhD degree in Biology/Microbiology from the New University of Lisbon/Gulbenkian Institute of Science (1988), following a degree in Biology (University of Lisbon ). Since 2015, she is a full professor in the Department of Biology, University of Minho, Portugal. From 1990 onwards, she contributed to create postgraduation courses and programmes on Molecular Biology/Genetics. She directed the Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology Research (CBMA) (2006–2013) and is presently a codirector of the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) at the University of Minho (http://ib-s.uminho.pt/). Her scientific interests cover diverse aspects of yeast biology, from plasma membrane transporters and osmotolerance to the extracellular matrix and differentiation (h-index 18).