RESEARCH GROUPS
Behavior and Metabolism

ABOUT

Behavior and Metabolism

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.

Info

Main Interests

The neural mechanisms of nutrition

Methods

Genetic circuit manipulations (yes we ALSO do Optogenetics), Nutritional manipulations, RNAi, CRISPR (who doesn’t do this nowadays?), Molecular and biochemical methods, Two-photon activity imaging, Microbial manipulations of the host and behavior

Animal Model

Drosophila melanogaster

Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Carlos Ribeiro at the email address bellow.

carlos.ribeiro@neuro.fchampalimaud.org

Lab Webpage

ribeirolab.org

PROJECTS

Behavior and Metabolism

TEAM

Behavior and Metabolism

Know our Team

Carlos Ribeiro

Carlos Ribeiro, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dennis Goldschmidt

Dennis Goldschmidt

2015 INDP PhD Student

Patrícia Francisco

Patrícia Francisco

2015 INDP PhD Student

Rita Figueiredo

Rita Figueiredo

Masters Student

Daniel Münch

Daniel Münch, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gili Ezra

Gili Ezra, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ibrahim Tastekin

Ibrahim Tastekin, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pavel Itskov

Pavel Itskov, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sílvia Henriques

Sílvia Henriques, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Zita Santos

Zita Santos, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ana Paula Elias

Ana Paula Elias, PhD

Research Assistant

Célia Baltazar

Célia Baltazar

Research Technician

Lúcia Serra

Lúcia Serra

Research Technician

Vesna Petojevic

Vesna Petojevic

Lab Administrator

PUBLICATIONS

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