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Ribeiro Lab

Ribeiro Lab

Nutrition is a key determinant of health, wellbeing and aging. We want to understand how animals decide what to eat and how these decisions affect the fitness of the animal. To achieve a mechanistic, integrated, whole-animal understanding of nutritional decision-making we work at the interface of behavior, metabolism and physiology in the adult fruitfly. The powerful neurogenetic tools available in model organisms allow us to identify molecular as well as circuit mechanisms involved in producing the appropriate behavioral response to a specific need of the fly. We also dedicate a significant effort to the development of novel, automated and quantitative behavioral assays to understand the behavioral strategies used by the fly to make the right nutritional decisions. The combination of powerful molecular circuit manipulations, sophisticated behavioral analyses, and imaging approaches allows for a mechanistic understanding of how neuronal circuits control nutritional decisions to regulate important traits such as aging and reproduction.



If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Carlos Ribeiro via email.


Ribeiro Lab

Know our Team

Carlos Ribeiro

Principal Investigator

Ana Paula Elias

Research Assistant

Célia Baltazar

Research Technician

Daniel Münch

Postdoctoral Researcher

Darshan Dhakan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dennis Goldschmidt

2015 INDP PhD Student

Gili Ezra

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ibrahim Tastekin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Patrícia Francisco

2015 INDP PhD Student

Rita Figueiredo

Masters Student

Sílvia Henriques

Postdoctoral Researcher

Vesna Petojevic

Lab Administrator

Zita Santos

Postdoctoral Researcher


Ribeiro Lab

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