Helena studied Mathematics and obtained her master degree in Automation and Systems Engineering at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. During the course of her MSc she developed an interest in computational Biology. In 2018, Helena received her PhD from the University of Grenoble Alpes, in France. As a result of her research, she developed a new statistical method to identify genes under selection in populations with admixed individuals. In her current role as a Bioinformatician Helena is applying computational and statistical methods to analyse complex genomics data in order to understand the genetic architecture of different types of epilepsies.