João Mendes

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E-mail: jpmendes[at]

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Research topics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Breast Cancer
  • Medical Imaging


João Mendes, born in 1998, has a BSc+MSc Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL).

João interned at Champalimaud Foundation in the final year of his Bachelor’s degree. There, he studied computational applications for the diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism.

During his master’s thesis at IBEB, João started working with Artificial Intelligence applied to medical imaging. His work was focused on using Machine Learning models to diagnose Breast Cancer through mammograms. His work resulted in a published scientific paper, and it was presented at an international conference.

At the beginning of 2022, João enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics PhD program at FCUL. His PhD project aims to develop a Multimodal-AI model that can predict the future risk of Breast Cancer development based on normal medical images of the breast. The merit of the project was recognized by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, which granted him a four-year scholarship for his PhD. So far, João’s work during his PhD has been presented at several national scientific gatherings and resulted in three published scientific papers.

João is currently an Invited Assistant at FCUL.


Journal publications

Ana M. Mota, João Mendes, Nuno Matela (2023) Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Towards Dose Reduction through Image Quality Improvement, Journal of Imaging 9(6), p. 119, MDPI, doi:10.3390/jimaging9060119

João Mendes, Nuno Matela, Nuno Garcia (2023) Avoiding Tissue Overlap in 2D Images: Single-Slice DBT Classification Using Convolutional Neural Networks, Tomography 9(1), p. 398-412, MDPI, doi:10.3390/tomography9010032

João Mendes, José Domingues, Helena Aidos, Nuno Garcia, Nuno Matela (2022) AI in Breast Cancer Imaging: A Survey of Different Applications, Journal of Imaging 8(9), p. 228, MDPI, doi:10.3390/jimaging8090228

João Mendes, Nuno Matela (2021) Breast cancer risk assessment: A review on mammography-based approaches, Journal of Imaging 7(6), p. 98, MDPI, doi:10.3390/jimaging7060098

Conference publications

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