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

Daniel Münch, PhD

Daniel Münch, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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imaging, sensory physiology, central processing, olfactory coding, coding, sushi 🍣

Germany

Zita Santos, PhD

Zita Santos, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Portugal

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, ramen 🍜

Germany

Rita Figueiredo

Rita Figueiredo

Masters Student

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biochemistry, molecular pathways, behaviour, biotech, shrimps 🍤

Portugal

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

Pavel Itskov, MD, PhD

Pavel Itskov, MD, PhD

Tech Consultant

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

Russia, Italy

Alumni
Kathrin Steck, PhD

Kathrin Steck, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Switzerland, Germany

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

Samuel Walker

Samuel Walker

PhD Student

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

England, India

Samantha Herbert

Samantha Herbert

PhD Student

behavior, molecular biology, nutrient sensing, cheesecake 🍰

England, Austria

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