Maria Alice Pinto earned a PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University, USA, and a MSc degree in Integrated Pest Management from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
She is Full Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and an Investigator at the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO), Portugal. Her research has focused on dissecting evolutionarily processes underlying patterns of honey bee (and more recently Vespa velutina) genetic diversity using different molecular markers, including mtDNA PCR-RFLPs, sequences, microsatellites, and SNPs extracted from whole genomes. As part of the EU INSIGNIA project, she is now moving from the genetics of bees to the genetics of bee-collected pollen by using DNA metabarcoding. At a more applied level, she has developed SNP-based molecular tools for genotyping A. m. mellifera and A. m. iberiensis for estimation of C-lineage introgression. Author on 44 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 32 papers in technical journals, 6 book chapters, 11 papers in conference proceedings, over 200 presentations in scientific and technical conferences, and editor of 2 books. Dr. Pinto has coordinated and collaborated in 27 national and international research projects. She has supervised several MSc and PhD students and Post-Docs. She is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, a member of the Coloss Association and of the Research Network for Sustainable Bee Breeding.