Dr Marina Fortes

Advanced Queensland Research Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliated Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
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Marina Fortes has a degree in Veterinary Medicine (2004) and a Master of Science (2007) in Animal Reproduction from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her PhD in 2012 at The University of Queensland (UQ). Her thesis title was “Genes and Genetic Markers Associated with puberty in beef cattle” and for that she had ongoing support from UQ and the Beef CRC (UQ Research Scholarship, UQ International Research tuition Award and Beef CRC top-up scholarship). After her PhD, Marina worked as a post-doc at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and her main research project was titled “Transcriptome of the Pubertal Brahman Heifer”. On August 2014, Marina joined the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, to lecture in molecular genetics and bioinformatics and to establish a research group. Her group is interested in understanding how genetics influence reproductive biology in mammals.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of São Paulo


  • Soares, A. C. C., Guimaraes, S. E. F., Kelly, M. J., Fortes, M. R. S., e Silva, F. F., Verardo, L. L., Mota, R. R. and Moore, S. (2017) Multiple-trait genomewide mapping and gene network analysis for scrotal circumference growth curves in Brahman cattle. Journal of Animal Science, 95 8: 3331-3345. doi:10.2527/jas.2017.1409

  • Kasarapu, Parthan, Porto-Neto, Laercio R., Fortes, Marina R. S., Lehnert, Sigrid A., Mudadu, Mauricio A., Coutinho, Luiz, Regitano, Luciana, George, Andrew and Reverter, Antonio (2017) The Bos taurus-Bos indicus balance in fertility and milk related genes. Plos One, 12 8: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181930

  • Dias, M. M., Cánovas, A, Mantilla-Rojas, C, Riley, D. G., Luna-Nevarez, P, Coleman, S. J., Speidel, S. E., Enns, R. M., Islas-Trejo, A., Medrano, J. F., Moore, S. S., Fortes, M. R. S., Nguyen, L. T., Venus, B., Diaz, I. S. D. P., Souza, F. R. P., Fonseca, L. F. S., Baldi, F., Albuquerque, L. G., Thomas, M. G. and Oliveira, H. N. (2017) SNP detection using RNA-sequences of candidate genes associated with puberty in cattle. Genetics and Molecular Research, 16 1: . doi:10.4238/gmr16019522

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