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Coordinator

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Ana Carolina Luchiari, Ph.D
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I'm a Bachelor (2001), Master (2003), and Ph.D. (2007) from the Federal University of São Paulo, with a thesis on Fish Behavior and Physiology. I held some academic positions in Brazil (UERN, UFPB) before joining UFRN (2010), for which I have been adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology and Vice-Coordinator of the Postgraduate Course in Psychobiology.

 

My research has focused on the biological and neural mechanisms of behavior.  For the past 9 years, I have been concerned with the development of new behavioral testing tools for zebrafish and behavioral psychopharmacological approaches to study issues such as the mechanisms of alcohol and other drug abuse, as well as learning and memory. I have supervised undergraduate and graduate students. Everyone is encouraged to publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present their results at national and international conferences. Many students have already done this and we could create a strong group for research in zebrafish behavioral neuroscience.

Post doctoral

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Msc Heloysa Araújo

Hi! I am a biologist and Master in Psychobiology (UFRN). Since 2008, I have been developing studies related to ecological and behavioral aspects of reef fish species. I currently work with maidens (Stegastes fuscus) focusing on behaviors related to territoriality, aggressiveness, and learning, in order to develop my doctoral thesis. Along with this project, I also work on other projects related to physical exercise and enrichment in zebrafish.

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Msc Mª Elisa Leite-Ferreira

Hi, I'm a biologist and I did a master's degree in Animal Biodiversity at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), in which I focused on the morphological and behavioral effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) in tadpoles (Boana pulchella). I am very interested in animal behavior and am a Ph.D. student in Psychobiology at Prof. Luchiari - the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). My current project is on the effects of chronic and acute alcohol and caffeine exposure on individual differences in zebrafish.

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Msc Thalles Silva-Pinto

Hey guys! I am a biologist who loves fish and reef environments! I have a master's degree in Zoology, from the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), in which I studied feeding/social behavior and use of the habitat of budiões, in their natural habitat. After that, I worked with the conservation of protected areas of coral reefs in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Psychobiology Program at Fish Lab - UFRN and my project aim to investigate the effects of Oxybenzone - an organic component of many sunscreens and various other cosmetics - on the behavior of fish using zebrafish.

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Msc João Paulo Mamede

Hi! I am a biologist and Master in Psychobiology (UFRN). Since 2008, I have been developing studies related to ecological and behavioral aspects of reef fish species. I currently work with maidens (Stegastes fuscus) focusing on behaviors related to territoriality, aggressiveness, and learning, in order to develop my doctoral thesis. Along with this project, I also work on other projects related to physical exercise and enrichment in zebrafish.

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Msc Luiz Fernando Rodrigues

Hi! I am a biologist and Master in Psychobiology (UFRN). Since 2008, I have been developing studies related to ecological and behavioral aspects of reef fish species. I currently work with maidens (Stegastes fuscus) focusing on behaviors related to territoriality, aggressiveness, and learning, in order to develop my doctoral thesis. Along with this project, I also work on other projects related to physical exercise and enrichment in zebrafish.

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Master's degree

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Mix Silva

I'm a Biologist, graduated from UFRN, and I'm taking a Master's Degree in Psychobiology. At graduation, I worked as a scientific initiation scholarship holder here at Fish Lab, in the line of research on drug effects, such as the action of Alcohol, Caffeine, Ayahuasca, Nicotine and Fluoxetine on location preference behavior (CPP: Conditioned Place Preference) using zebrafish. In my Master's, I'm researching the effects of music on zebrafish anxiety-like behavior, and behavioral differences between males and females.

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Igo Sousa

Oiê! Sou bióloga pela UFRN e, atualmente, mestranda pelo PPG em Psicobiologia - UFRN. Durante a iniciação cientifica participei do desenvolvimento de pesquisas sobre aprendizagem, memória, efeitos das mudanças climáticas e efeitos da poluição sonora no peixe donzela (Stegastes fuscus). Minha pesquisa de mestrado busca entender os efeitos da oxibenzona (um dos componentes dos protetores solares e outros cosméticos) na cognição e comportamento do peixe donzela.

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Mix Silva

I'm a Biologist, graduated from UFRN, and I'm taking a Master's Degree in Psychobiology. At graduation, I worked as a scientific initiation scholarship holder here at Fish Lab, in the line of research on drug effects, such as the action of Alcohol, Caffeine, Ayahuasca, Nicotine and Fluoxetine on location preference behavior (CPP: Conditioned Place Preference) using zebrafish. In my Master's, I'm researching the effects of music on zebrafish anxiety-like behavior, and behavioral differences between males and females.

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Igo Sousa

Oi pessoal, este sou eu: piauiense de nascença, biomédico (UFDPar) e mestrando em Psicobiologia (UFRN). Tenho interesse nas áreas de genética, biologia molecular e estudos do comportamento. No mestrado, meus estudos estão voltados para identificação de bioindicadores (moleculares, séricos e comportamentais) das desordens do espectro alcoólico fetal em modelo Danio rerio (zebrafish).

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Undergraduate students

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Matheus Neves

Hi guys!!! I am a undergraduate student in biological sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and I am interested in the study of animal behavior. I've been part of the Fish Lab since August 2017. I'm currently part of the research using zebrafish (Danio rerio), specifically with the effect of alcohol and caffeine on individual differences and the effect of alcohol exposure on associative learning.

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Jessica Ferreira

I am a undergraduate student in Biology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and also a fish lover! I've been taking care of zebrafish, killifish, and damsel fish at the Fish Lab for some time, but my main research focus is how music affects damsel fish learning behavior.

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Bruna Beatriz

Hi guys! I am a undergraduate student in Biology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and I am currently participating in a study analyzing the effects of oxybenzone, one of the components of sunscreen, on the behavior of zebrafish. As oxybenzone is often released into the environment, it's important to know how it affects wildlife!

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Partnerships

We are pleased to collaborate with high-level researchers in Brazil and also in the world.

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Steve Tran, PhD
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering - California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)
Robert Gerlai, PhD
Department of Psychology - University of Toronto
Benjamin Geffroy, PhD
Marie-Laure Bégout, PhD
Xavier Cousin, PhD

IFREMER
Will Norton, PhD
Department of Biology - University of Leicester

Carlos Leaniz, PhD
Sonia Consuegra, PhD

Department of Biosciences - University of Swansea
Martha Soares, PhD
CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
Bruno Lobão Soares, PhD
Department of Biophysics and Pharmacology - UFRN

Fulvio Freire, PhD

Department of Ecology - UFRN

Guilherme Longo, PhD
Department of Oceanography and Limnology - UFRN

Marcelo Nogueira, PhD
School of Science and Technology - UFRN

Silvia Batistuzo, PhD
Department of Cell Biology and Genetics - UFRN
Amauri Gouveia Jr, PhD
Behavior Theory and Research Nucleus - UFPA

Caio Maximino,
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Neuroscience and Behavior Laboratory - Unifessp
Jennifer Donelson, PhD
ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies - James Cook University
Denis Rosemberg, PhD
PPG in Biochemistry  - UFSM
Parcerias externas
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