Rosário trained as a medical doctor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola, and gained extensive knowledge in neurology during her career at the Neurology Service, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisbon, and the Order of Physicians of Portugal. She is an experienced university lecturer and completed her PhD with an analysis of genetic susceptibility to cerebral malaria in Angolan children. In 2010, Rosário won the Pfizer Award for clinical research (Portugal) and the Prize for Biomedical Research of the Order of Physicians Angola in 2011. Rosário has a particular interest in clinical and genetic studies on malaria and is currently in charge of coordinating the project "Neonatal screening of sickle cell disease and genetic counseling to couples at risk of Benguela Central Hospital”, which is funded by the Angolan government and based at the Faculty of Medicine, University Katyavala Bwila. In 2014, Rosário became a member of the Plasmodium Diversity Network Africa (PDNA).