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Alda Pires- DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant Research Scientist and Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Population Health & Reproduction


apires@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Quantitative methods to identify strategies that improve animal health and control infectious diseases in livestock on small-scale farms. Interested in applying and developing epidemiological tools to monitor potential food safety hazards and identify strategies to reduce the dissemination of foodborne pathogens in pre-harvest small farm environments and the spread of infectious disease in the food supply. Also interested in integrating epidemiological methods such as temporal-spatial, molecular analysis and risk assessment in order to support risk-based surveillance and infectious disease control strategies, and the improvement of animal health and food safety.


Specialty Focus

Epidemiology; Food Safety

Education

1999 DVM , Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal
2007 MPVM Population Health and Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, CA
2008 , University of California, Davis, CA
2012 PhD Epidemiology Concentration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Licenses

Portuguese Veterinary Association (Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários OMV), C.P. 2367
Board Certification - American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Multi-regional risk analysis of farm manure use: Balancing soil health and food safety for organic fresh produce production, (Principal Investigator), USDA NIFA OREI (Integrated, Multi-Regional)

Principal Investigator, Ecological dynamics and genotyping characterization of Campylobacter in integrated crop-livestock farms, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Hatch Funds

Principal Investigator, Source tracking and transmission risk of Campylobacter spp on mixed produce crop-livestock farms using rotational grazing, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Formula Funds, Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Salmonella prevalence and food safety risks in small to medium-sized farms (SFF) and their products sold in farmers markets, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Hatch Funds

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the interface between feral pigs and pasture-raised pigs, a multi-agency epidemiological approach: Implications for infectious disease transmission and surveillance’, (Principal Investigator), Academic Federation

Co-Investigator, Development of an early-warning system based on risk mapping and producers self-assessment of biosecurity practices for the prevention, early detection and rapid control of AI outbreaks in the CA poultry industry, Beatriz Martinez-Lopez (University of California) (Principal Investigator), USDA NIFA CARE

Collaborator, Trends in antimicrobial resistant Salmonella isolated from dairy cattle at a veterinary microbiology laboratory in Northern California, Richard Pereira (University of California) (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Formula Funds

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Alda Pires: Association between thermal environment and Salmonella in floor fecal samples from a Midwestern US dairy 2016 Likavec T, Pires AFA, Funk JA Association between thermal environment and Salmonella in floor fecal samples from a Midwestern US dairy Canadian J Vet Res,
  • Alda Pires: Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of Salmonella in finishing swine 2016 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Habing G, Bolin C Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of Salmonella in finishing swine Foodborne Pathog Dis,
  • Alda Pires: Lipid mobilization assessment in transition dairy cattle using ultrasound biomarkers 2015 Streider-Barboza C, Zondlak A, Kayitsinga J, Pires AFA, Contreas GA Lipid mobilization assessment in transition dairy cattle using ultrasound biomarkers Livest Sci,
  • Alda Pires: Assessment of a fluorescent antibody test for the detection of antibodies against epizootic bovine abortion 2014 Blanchard MT, Anderson ML, Hoar BR, Pires AFA, Blanchard PC, Yeargan BV, Teglas MB, Belshaw M, Stott JL Assessment of a fluorescent antibody test for the detection of antibodies against epizootic bovine abortion J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Alda Pires: Risk factors associated with persistence of Salmonella in finishing swine 2014 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Bolin C Risk factors associated with persistence of Salmonella in finishing swine Prev Vet Med,
  • Alda Pires: Longitudinal study to evaluate the association between thermal environment and Salmonella shedding in a Midwestern US swine farm 2013 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Manuzon R, Darr M, Zhao L Longitudinal study to evaluate the association between thermal environment and Salmonella shedding in a Midwestern US swine farm Prev Vet Med,
  • Alda Pires: Enumeration of Salmonella in feces of naturally infected pigs 2013 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Lim A, Bolin SR Enumeration of Salmonella in feces of naturally infected pigs Foodborne Pathog Dis,
  • Alda Pires: Longitudinal study of Salmonella shedding in naturally infected finishing pigs 2013 Pires AFA, Funk J, Bolin C Longitudinal study of Salmonella shedding in naturally infected finishing pigs Epidemiol Infect,
  • Alda Pires: Serological response to administration of Brucella abortus RB51 vaccine in beef and dairy heifers, using needle-free and standard needle-based injection systems 2011 Pires AFA, Hoar BR, Sischo W, Olsen SC Serological response to administration of Brucella abortus RB51 vaccine in beef and dairy heifers, using needle-free and standard needle-based injection systems The Bovine Practitioner,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2017 Pires AFA, Patterson L, Maier G.: Coxiella burnetii Implications for Food Safety (Chapter 16), Simoes, J.; Anastacio, S.; Jorge da Silva, G., (ed), Principles and Practice of Q-Fever: The One Health Paradigm. .

2017 Maier G, Pires AFA, Patterson L: The Risk for Q Fever in Public Settings (Chapter 15), Simoes, J.; Anastacio, S.; Jorge da Silva, G., (ed), Principles and Practice of Q-Fever: The One Health Paradigm. .