Meet the Team

We are an international and diverse group – biologists, physicists, biochemists, engineers, and we genetically manipulate fruit flies, record neuronal activity, look carefully at behavior and find out how the brain works.

Ah, and we like to cook and enjoy life!

Lab members

Carlos Ribeiro, PhD

Carlos Ribeiro, PhD

Principal Investigator

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cell biologist trying to do neuroscience, nutrients,  life is about dynamics, boeuf bourguignon

Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Austria, etc.

Ana Paula Elias, PhD

Ana Paula Elias, PhD

Research Assistant

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mother of the lab, administration, molecular biology guru, finances, brownies

Portugal

Pavel Itskov, MD, PhD

Pavel Itskov, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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behavior, neuronal circuits, electrophysiology, FlyPad, brass-instruments, green tea

Russia, Italy

Zita Santos, PhD

Zita Santos, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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behavior, decisions, molecular biology, stem cells, microbiome, chocolate cake

Portugal

Kathrin Steck, PhD

Kathrin Steck, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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behavior, chemosensation, amino acids, ants, circuit cracking, muffins

Sweitzerland, Germany

Patricia Francisco

Patricia Francisco

2015 INDP PhD Student

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genes, nutrients, microbiome, behavior, RNAI, CRISPR, genetics, pineapple pie

Portugal

Dennis Goldschmidt

Dennis Goldschmidt

2015 INDP PhD Student

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quantitative measurement of behavior, neuronal circuits, quantitative modeling, hardware, coding, neurogenetics, strudel

Germany, Switzerland

Samantha Herbert

Samantha Herbert

PhD Student

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behavior, molecular biology, nutrient sensing, cheesecake

England, Austria

Samuel Walker

Samuel Walker

PhD Student

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behavior, neuronal circuits, two photon calcium imaging, postmating behavior, salt, neurogenetics, poir-au-vin, tasty vegetarian food, base guitars

England, India

Margarida Anjos

Margarida Anjos

Research Technician

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genetics, molecular biology, gets anything done, gummy bears

Portugal, USA

Célia Baltazar

Célia Baltazar

Research Technician

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master behavioral assays performer, genetics, carrot cake

Portugal

Alumni

Verónica Corrales Carvajal

Verónica Corrales Carvajal

MIT PhD Student

quantitative behavioral analysis, coding, modelling, decisions, open science, chocolate mousse

Now coding her way into startup heaven.

Colombia

José Maria Moreira

José Maria Moreira

Engineering Masters Student

novel behavioral hardware setups, decisions, optogenetics FlyPad, croissants

Now part of the MIT Portugal PhD programme.

Portugal