Meet the Team

We are a diverse group – biologists, physicists, engineers, and we record neuronal activity, look carefully at behavior and create models to test ideas.

Lab members

Eugenia Chiappe, PhD

Eugenia Chiappe, PhD

Principal Investigator

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Training: Biology & biophysics

Scientific interests: Neural mechanisms of internal representations, motor control

Techniques: Physiology, behavior, and optical imaging

Hobbies: Dancing, reading, circus arts and traveling—>—>

Kathrin Steck, PhD

Kathrin Steck, PhD

Research Specialist

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Training: Behavior, chemical ecology and neuroscience

Scientific interests: Behavior and navigation

Techniques: Behavior, genetics and anatomy

Hobbies: Cycling and outdoor activities, traveling 

Terufumi Fujiwara, PhD

Terufumi Fujiwara, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, JSPS Fellow

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Training: Engineer & neuroscience

Scientific interests: Motor representations, motor learning, internal states

Techniques: Electrophysiology, optical imaging, behavior, genetics

Hobbies: Arts, classical music, Chinese (and Japanese) poems, patching!—>—>

Mert Erginkaya

Mert Erginkaya

2012 INDP PhD Student

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Training: Molecular biology & genetics

Scientific interests: Neural mechanisms of internal representations, sensorimotor transformations

Techniques: Anatomy, physiology and behavior

Hobbies: Traveling, basketball, surf, guitar & drums (we have our own CNP band!!)

Nelia Varela, PhD

Nelia Varela, PhD

Research Specialist

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Training: Agronomy engineer and Neuroscience

Scientific interests: Neural processing and Behavior

Techniques: Imaging, anatomy, behavior, genetics

Hobbies: Reading, cycling and traveling —>—>—>—>—>—>—>

Tomás Cruz

Tomás Cruz

2014 INDP PhD Student

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Training: Physics engineer & neuroscience

Scientific interests: Sensory processing, predictive learning, motor control

Techniques: Behavior, modeling, virtual reality, and physiology

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, music, and sports

Andre Marques

Andre Marques

2017 INPD PhD student

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Training: Physics & engineer

Scientific interests: Neural networks and multi-sensory integration

Techniques: Modeling, computation and physiology

Hobbies: Basketball (Go Lakers!), cartoons, reading and gaming

Wynne Stagnaro

Wynne Stagnaro

Research Assistant

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Training: Neurobiology

Scientific interests: Behavior, Neural Circuits

Techniques: Optical imaging, behavior

Hobbies: Playing music, traveling, reading

Nuno Rito

Nuno Rito

2017 INDP PhD student

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Training: Biomedical engineer

Scientific interests: Neural circuits, visuomotor integration, motor control

Techniques: Behavior, genetics, control theory, and physiology

Hobbies: Gaming, soccer, foosball, swimming, traveling

Ece Sönmez

Ece Sönmez

Research Assistant

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Training: Molecular Biology & genetics

Scientific interests: Behavior

Techniques: Optical imaging, genetics, anatomy

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, sports & cinema

Miguel Paço

Miguel Paço

2017 INDP PhD student

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Training: Biological engineer

Scientific interests: Neural circuits and computations

Techniques: Optical imaging, behavior, modeling

Hobbies: Gaming, anime & cartoons, digital art, ethology, and music

Rita Saraiva

Rita Saraiva

Lab Administrator

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Training: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry & (plant) Physiology

Scientific interests: Molecular physiology

Techniques: Protein expression & purification, protein-protein interactions, molecular cloning

Hobbies: Music and harp playing, cinema & arts

Lab Alumni

James Bohnslav

James Bohnslav

Research Assistant 2013-2015

Current Position: PhD student candidate, Harvard Program in Neuroscience, Christopher Harvey’s Lab

Current scientific interests: Information processing in cortex

Contact: JBohnslav@gmail.com

Diana Amaro

Diana Amaro

Research Assistant 2014-2015

Current Position: PhD student candidate in the group of Prof. Benedikt Grothe, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Current scientific interests: Sound localization, auditory scene analysis

Contact:diana.amaro@bio.lmu.de

Anabel Rodriguez Simões

Anabel Rodriguez Simões

Research Assistant 2015-2016

Current Position: PhD student candidate in the group of Christa Rhiner, Champalimaud Cancer Research Programme

Current scientific interests: Neural stem cell physiology

Contact: anabel.rodriguez@neuro.fchampalimaud.org