Is associate professor and coordinates the Unit of Medical Education at the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho. Is responsible for monitoring the educational quality of undegraduate medical education, for faculty development and for research in medical education. Member of the Education Commission of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) (since 2007). Member of the Editorial Board of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBED) of the Digital Library of Educational Technology Laboratory at the University of Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Guest editor of special issue of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education devoted to recent developments in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America (2009). Degree in Biochemistry (University of Porto, 1991) and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (University of Porto, 1997). Has education as main scientific interest since the year 2000.
Costa MJ, Galembeck E, Marson GA, Torres BB. A quick guide for computer-assisted instruction in computational biology and bioinformatics. PLoS Comput Biol. 2008 Apr 25;4(4):e1000035. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000035.
Cleland J, Leggett H, Sandars J, Costa MJ, Patel R, Moffat M. The remediation challenge: theoretical and methodological insights from a systematic review. Med Educ. 2013 Mar;47(3):242-51. doi: 10.1111/medu.12052.
Osório, N. S., Rodrigues, F., Garcia, E. A. and Costa, M. J. (2013), Drawings as snapshots of student cellular anatomy understanding. Medical Education, 47: 1120–1121. doi: 10.1111/medu.12320
Costa P, Magalhães E, Costa MJ. A latent growth model suggests that empathy of medical students does not decline over time. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013 Aug;18(3):509-22. doi: 10.1007/s10459-012-9390-z. Epub 2012 Jul 4.
Costa MJ, Costa, P, Magalhaes E. (2013). Response to "are personality traits really weak/moderate predictors of empathy?". Med Teach. 2013 Jul;35(7):611-2. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.786179.