Raquel was born in Lisbon Portugal, where she graduated from Instituto Superior Tecnico in 2009. After that she went to do a Masters in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, and completed her PhD in 2015 at Max Planck Institute of Solid State Physics in Stuttgart. Raquel did a postdoc in Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and is since 2022 an Assistant Professor of Physics at Columbia University
We investigate quantum phenomena of condensed matter systems and are fascinated with symmetry and topology. We explore how topology crucially influences fundamental characteristics of solid-state materials, such as transport and emergent phenomena.