Meet the Team

We are a diverse group – biologists, psychologists, mathematicians, and we code, record neuronal activity, look carefully at behavior and create theorethical models.

Lab members

Zach Mainen, PhD

Zach Mainen, PhD

Principal Investigator

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neuroscience, uncertainty, serotonin, trance music, DJ’ing

Catarina Pimentel, PhD

Catarina Pimentel, PhD

Lab Manager

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Neuroscience, management, basketball

Margarida Nunes

Margarida Nunes

Lab Administrator

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administration, compulsive buyer, agriculture

Bassam Atallah, PhD

Bassam Atallah, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Imaging, Behaviour, Leather-Jackets, Chicken Feet

Cindy Poo, PhD

Cindy Poo, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Olfaction, Behaviour, Masterchef

Eran Lottem, PhD

Eran Lottem, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Optogenetics, Behaviour, Serotonin, Metal

Eric DeWitt, PhD

Eric DeWitt, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Behaviour, Neuromodulators, Models, Sailing, Climbing, Communication

Gautam Agarwal, PhD

Gautam Agarwal, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Oscillations, Human behaviour, Embodied Cognition, Meditation and Yoga

Masayoshi Murakami, PhD

Masayoshi Murakami, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Optogenetics, Behaviour, Waiting, Soccer, Edamame & Imperial

Nicolas Gutierrez, PhD

Nicolas Gutierrez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Serotonin, La Movida

Fanny Cazettes, PhD

Fanny Cazettes, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Behaviour, Waiting, Owls

Niccolò Bonacchi

Niccolò Bonacchi

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Electrophysiology, Behaviour, OFC, Coding, Psychology, Sci-Fi, Circus

Madalena Fonseca

Madalena Fonseca

2013 INDP PhD Student

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MRI, Optogenetics, Behaviour, Waiting, Surf

Pietro Vertechi

Pietro Vertechi

2014 INDP PhD Student

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Modelling, Behaviour, Serotonin, Mathematics

Dario Sarra

Dario Sarra

External PhD Student

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Behaviour, Optogenetics, Serotonin, Kickboxing

Samuel Viana

Samuel Viana

External PhD Student

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Arts and Sciences, Clown, Movement

Beatriz Godinho

Beatriz Godinho

Research Assistant

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Behaviour, Food plating

Tiago Quendera

Tiago Quendera

External Student

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Game-design, Psychology, VJ´ing

Margarida Duarte, PhD

Margarida Duarte, PhD

Research Technician

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Allumni

Sara Matias, PhD

Sara Matias, PhD

 

Eva Kobak, PhD

Eva Kobak, PhD

 

André Mendonça, PhD

André Mendonça, PhD

 

Patrícia Correia, PhD

Patrícia Correia, PhD

 

Ana Rita Fonseca, PhD

Ana Rita Fonseca, PhD

 

Maria Inês Vicente, PhD

Maria Inês Vicente, PhD

 

Gil Costa, PhD

Gil Costa, PhD

 

Magor Lorincz, PhD

Magor Lorincz, PhD

 

Hope Johnson, PhD

Hope Johnson, PhD

 

Guillaume Dugué, PhD

Guillaume Dugué, PhD

 

Rita Venturini, MD

Rita Venturini, MD

Visiting Scientist

 

Ana Nunes

Ana Nunes

Lab Manager

 

João Cruz

João Cruz

Lab Administrator

 

Maria Joana Rigato, PhD

Maria Joana Rigato, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Paul Bush, PhD

Paul Bush, PhD

Visiting Scientist

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Modelling, Cortex