After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Brasilia in 2014, Carmem moved to Groningen, the Netherlands. There, she finished a Master's programme in Nanoscience followed by a PhD investigating the optics of crystalline defects in traditional semiconductors with potential quantum-technological applications. Both her Master's and PhD degrees were awarded cum laude, the highest distinction in the Netherlands. For the work developed during her PhD, she has been recognized with the 2023 Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa Thesis Award from the Dutch Physics Council, the 2022 New Journal of Physics Early Career Award, and with an honourable mention in the 2022 Dutch For Women in Science Rising Talents Award from the L’Oreal-UNESCO Foundation. The Dutch Research Council funds her current position at the University of Cambridge via a Rubicon Fellowship.