Alexandra Moreira obtained her D.Phil in Molecular Biology from Wolfson College at the University of Oxford in 1997. Her doctorate studies were conducted under Nick Proudfoot supervision at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford where she investigated the mRNA 3’ end formation mechanism of the human C2 complement. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Claudio Sunkel at the IBMC, and in 2003 formed the Group of Cell Activation and Gene Expression. She is currently a Professor in Molecular Biology and holds a Principal Investigator position at ICBAS, University of Porto. Together with her research activities, Alexandra Moreira is a member of the Scientific Board of the Molecular and Cell Biology PhD Program, University Porto. Since 2012 Alexandra Moreira is the Leader of the Group Gene Regulation at IBMC-i3S. The objective of her research group is to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the integration between RNAPII transcription and alternative pre-mRNA processing, with a focus on polyadenylation, and on those events that are physiologically relevant in Eukaryotes.