Luísa Pereira has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Human Population Genetics. She is a senior researcher and group leader at IPATIMUP (Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto), being interested in using genetics to infer the past and evolution of human populations as well as on disentangling between neutral and pathological diversities. She has been working on the genetic diversity of European, African, Near Eastern and Arabian Peninsula human populations. She is co-author of 80 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and a book on popular science. She has been engaged in presenting her work to the general public, including young students in high schools, and regularly collaborates with local media.