Alda Pires

Assistant Research Scientist and Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension

Population Health & Reproduction


Licenses
Portuguese Veterinary Association (Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários OMV), C.P. 2367
Board Certification - American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Education
1999, DVM, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal
2007, MPVM, University of California, Davis, CA
2008, , University of California, Davis, CA
2012, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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)
Co-Principal Investigator, FSMA Produce Safety Rule alignment for California , B. Osburn (WIFSS, UC Davis) (Principal Investigator), USDA-SCBGP-2017
Principal Investigator, Genomic sequencing of STEC isolates from fecal samples as biological indicator of contact between feral pigs and outdoor-raised pigs in California, (Principal Investigator), USDA NIFA, UC Davis Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Hatch
Co-Principal Investigator, Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety Continuation, Southwestern Region, Erin DiCaprio (FST, UCDavis) (Principal Investigator), USDA, NIFA FSOP
Co-Investigator, FSMA training and technical assistance for small-scale community based food hubs in California, Gail Feenstra (SAREP, UCDavis), Erin DiCaprio (FST, UCDavis) (Principal Investigator), USDA, NIFA FSOP
Co-Principal Investigator, Food safety needs assessment for specialty crop gleaning organizations in California , Erin DiCaprio (FST, UCDavis) (Principal Investigator), USDA, NIFA SCRI
Most Recent Five 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, . .
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