Senior Researcher: IPATIMUP (Instittuto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto)
c/o Dr Roberto Frias
s/n 4200-465, Porto,
Tel: 351 225 570 700
The analyses of mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome diversities are Dr Pereira’s main research areas. Focusing in Portugal and former Portuguese colonies in Africa, significant results were contributed to the: emerging patterns of European and worldwide female and male genetic diversities; quantifying the North African input in Iberia; ascertaining the origin in Africa of the sub-Saharan lineages present now in the New World and in Portugal; and detecting the reorganisation of sub-Saharan diversity inside Africa as a result of the Bantu expansion. She also conducts studies of mitochondrial DNA in clinical genetics (male infertility and myopathies), and in human longevity.
Key research/capacity building interests
- Human population genetics
- Mitochondrial DNA neutral and pathological diversities
- Mitochondrial DNA role in male fertility and human longevity
Capacity Building Interests
- Collaborate in co-supervision of post-graduate students
- Training for African students in molecular biology techniques and data analyses
Key methodological skills
- Molecular biology techniques training
- Application and development of statistic Methodologies
- Longevity in humans of African origins – a genetic approach (submitted for funding).
- Refining the geographical origin and dispersal routes of early modern humans and early farmers of the Greater Mediterranean with high-resolution genetic techniques (submitted for funding).
- Complete mitochondrial genomes from asthenozoospermic males: searching for association between mtDNA and sperm motility (ongoing).
- Y-chromosome phylogeography in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ongoing).
- Genetic exchanges between Marocco and Portugal
Current engagement in capacity building
Supervision of dissertations on different levels in Legal Medicine, Biology and Clinical Genetics