Cátia Mourão (ORCID ID 0000-0002-2359-7327) has been awarded a PhD and MSc in Art History of Antiquity and has a degree in History/History of Art, all from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-NOVA).
Her research is focused on classical iconography and iconology (mainly of roman mosaics), its origins and development in occidental art until our days.
Her Doctoral thesis addressed the study of heteromorphic figurations (teratology, hybridism and metamorphosis in progress) in Roman Hispania's mosaics, and was passed with the highest classification by an international jury, recommended for publication and, therefore, the author’s name was added to the Board of Honour (2010-2011). Her Master’s thesis on water iconography in Roman mosaics in Portugal was supported by Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), passed with the highest classification by an international jury and published by EPAL (Lisboa, 2008).
In the academic year 2016-2017 she was an Invited Teacher (Lecturer) in Classical and Late Antiquity Art History in Portugal at the FCSH-NOVA.
Since 2010 she has been invited five times to take part in the Seminars on Roman Mosaics at the Universidad Carlos II de Madrid (UC3M), coordinated by Professor María Luz Neira Jiménez, and has been a member of two International Research Projects on Iberian roman mosaics (Production and Trading of the Roman Mosaics of Bética, PI Dr. Guadalupe López Monteagudo, and Pattern Rural, PI Dr. Luz Neira).
She is an Associated Researcher and Member of the Scientific Committee of Instituto de História da Arte (FCSH-UNL), where she coordinates the research group Hispania, and a Member of AIEMA (Association International pour l'Étude de la Mosaïque Antique).
She has organised scientific meetings on Art History of Antiquity, co-curated Art exhibitions and participated by invitation in free courses, academic seminars, symposia and scientific research teams in Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey and Italy, with several publications.