I received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of London (King’s College London) in 2002 and I am currently working in the Evolutionary Genetics Subgroup of Molecular Ecology and Evolution of cE3c. I am a researcher in Molecular Biology at INIAV (National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinarian Research). My research focuses on Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics.
For many years I have been involved in Biotechnology and the use of molecular markers for applied research.
For the past 3 years I have been a member of SWG-AKIS (Strategic Working Group in Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems) and I have been presently nominated by FCT (Science and Technology Foundation) as the Portuguese delegate at SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research), an Advisory Group of the EC for agriculture. I am the President of the Portuguese Biologists Association (Ordem dos Biólogos).
I am also in charge, at INIAV, of a service for genetic analysis such as animal paternity testing mostly for cetacean and dogs and for plant genetic profiling in plants, such as eucalyptus.
I am a certificate trainer for Biology and I have provided training for High-School teachers in Molecular genetics, where I have produced a Molecular genetics kit (Biogenius) for practical classes at secondary school level, which has been awarded with the Ciência Viva prize 2015 in Education.
Presently I am involved in Genosuber – a 1,2 M€ project for sequencing the cork oak genome and in FASTBREED, a 3 year 640 k€ for genomic selection assisted breeding in wheat.
Pires, A.E., Amorim, I.R., Borges, C., Simões, F., Teixeira, T., Quaresma, A., Petrcci-Fonsecca, F. & Matos, J. (2017) New insights into the genetic composition and phylogenetic relationship of wolves and dogs in the Iberian Peninsula.Ecology and Evolution, Online early, . DOI:10.1002/ece3.2949 (IF2016 2,440; Q2 Ecology)