Maria Cabral was born in Coimbra and graduated in Nutritional Sciences at the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto, in 2010. In 2013 she obtained a Master Degree in Public Health from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. She is currently a FCT PhD fellow in the Doctoral Program in Global Public Health, University of Porto and Nova University of Lisbon (Ref. PD/BD/105824/2014). She develops her research work in the EPITeen cohort since 2012, and she is a member of the Research Group on Nutritional Epidemiology and Obesity of the Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit). Her research areas of interest are the Nutritional and Obesity Epidemiology, Public Health and Global Health.