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.