Ana Machado graduated in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the University of Aveiro. She finished her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Lisbon, which focused on the ocean dynamics on the North-western Iberian Margin, its average seasonal cycle, inter-annual variability, and formation of mesoscale eddies. In the course of the PhD she spent half-year at the University of California Los Angeles. She has been involved in several projects as a collaborator and as a fellow, and has been working as an invited professor, teaching the subject of Numerical Modeling on the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL) / FCUL. She has been focusing on the interannual to decadal variability of the Mid-latitudes North-eastern Atlantic Ocean, and has been collaborating in physical-biological studies to help explain the physical controls on marine biology. She is also part of the direction of the Portuguese Oceanography Society and has participated and organized different outreach activities to disseminate her own research and general concepts of physical oceanography.