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.

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—>—>

Nelia Varela, PhD

Nelia Varela, PhD

Lab Manager

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Training: Agronomy engineer and Neuroscience

Scientific interests: Neural processing and Behavior

Techniques: Imaging, anatomy, behavior, genetics

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

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!—>—>

Paavo Huoviala

Paavo Huoviala

Postdoctoral fellow, Marie Curie Fellow

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Training: Neuroscience, Pscychology

Scientific interests: Structure and function of neural circuits for computation and  behavior

Techniques: Behavior, Virtual Reality, Optical Imaging, Computational neuroanatomy

Hobbies: Writing, playing music, books

Claire Rusch

Claire Rusch

Postdoctoral fellow

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Training: Biology

Scientific interests: Neural Systems & Behavior/ Learning

Techniques: Physiology, behavior, data science

Hobbies: Outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, sailing), gaming, reading, playing music and petting my dog or my cat 

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!!)

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

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

Miguel Paço

Miguel Paço

2017 INDP PhD student, Boehringer Ingelheim fellow

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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

Margarida Brotas

Margarida Brotas

Research Assistant

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Training: Evolutionary and developmental biology

Scientific interests: Behavior and anatomy

Techniques: Behavior and connectomics

Hobbies: Writing, music, dancing, and cooking veggie meals—>—>

Sebastián Malagón

Sebastián Malagón

Research Assistant

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Training: Electrical engineer & neuroscience

Scientific interests: Animal behavior

Techniques: Signal processing, machine learning

Hobbies: Yoga, meditation, camping & trekking

Lab Alumni

James Bohnslav

James Bohnslav

Research Assistant 2013-2015

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

Current scientific interests: Information processing in cortex

Contact: JBohnslav@gmail.com

Diana Amaro

Diana Amaro

Research Assistant 2014-2015

Current Position: PhD student, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Benedikt Grothe’s lab (Germany) 

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, Champalimaud Foundation, Christa Rhiner’s lab (Portugal)

Current scientific interests: Neural stem cell physiology

Contact: anabel.rodriguez@neuro.fchampalimaud.org

Ece Sönmez

Ece Sönmez

Research Assistant 2017-2020

 

Current Position: PhD student candidate, IST-Austria, Max Joesch’s Lab (Austria)

Current scientific interests: Evo-Devo

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Rita Saraiva

Rita Saraiva

Lab Administrator 2017-2020

Current Position: Project Manager, LIP (Portugal)

Current scientific interests: Computer and information sciences, social sciences, social justice

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Wynne Stagnaro

Wynne Stagnaro

Research Assistant 2018-2020

Current Position: PhD student candidate, Princeton Neuroscience Program (USA)

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