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Catarina is a Mathematician working in abstract algebra and theoretical computer science, who is also interested in Mathematics education and social justice. She joing UH in 2011, having previously worked at the University of Lisbon, Portugal; Simon Fraser University, Canada; and Durham University, UK.
At UH, she led the Joint Honours Mathematics field from 2012 and the Joint Honours Computer Science field from 2021 until  2023, and  is now Admissions Tutor for postgraduate taught courses in PAM, and Collaborative Partnership Leader for Data Science at PSB Singapore and Sri Lanka Telecom.
She is the London Mathematical Society representative at UH, and
a member of the university's "diversifying and decolonising" group who have produced a website and podcast among other outputs in the past few years. Resources on diversifying Mathematics can be found on this website.

Research interests

Modern Algebra: combinatorial and computational algebra.

Combinatorics: graph homorphisms.

Interactions of combinatorics, algebra and logic with theoretical computer science, computational complexity.

Teaching specialisms

2023/24 teaching

  • Information Theory (L5)
  • Principles of Data Science (L4)

Previous Teaching:

  • Complex Analysis (L6)
  • Linear Optimisation (L6)
  • IT Literacy and Core Skills (L4)
  • Algebra (L4, L5, and L6)
  • Real Analysis (L5)
  • Non-linear Systems (L6)
  • Applications of Mathematics (L4)
  • Mathematical Techniques 1 (L4)
  • Linear Modelling (L6)
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics (L4)
  • Discrete Mathematics (L5)
  • Computational Mathematics (L5)
  • Mathematics (foundation year)
  • Mathematics for Science Courses (foundation year)




Education/Academic qualification

Mathematics, PhD , Generation and Presentations of Semigroup Constructions: Bruck- Reilly Extensions and P-semigroups, The University of St Andrews

Award Date: 20 Jun 2006

Mathematics, MSc with Distinction, Presentations of Inverse Semigroups, The University of St Andrews

Award Date: 4 Oct 2002

Mathematics, Licenciatura, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, FCUL

Award Date: 3 Oct 2001


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