Carlos Ribeiro

FC, Carlos Ribeiro (CR)

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Scientific Expertise & Collaborations: The main focus of the Ribeiro laboratory is the detailed understanding of how nutrient sensing and metabolic pathways control feeding decisions. The group applies sophisticated state of the art neurogenetic tools as well as novel behavioral paradigms to quantitatively characterize the behavioral patterns underlying feeding decisions and adult foraging behavior in wild-type as well as mutant flies. The goal is to achieve a molecular and neuronal understanding of how changes in internal state lead to changes in feeding decisions.

Training Expertise: CR is supervising 3 post-docs, 2 graduate students and 2 technical assistants. The laboratory has also hosted 3 rotation student from the International Neuroscience Doctoral Program (INDP) and the MIT-Portugal Program. CR trained and co-supervised 2 postdoctoral fellow, 2 graduate students and 7 rotation and summer students. CR has lectured and taught courses at the Biozentrum (University of Basel), masters programmes at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, the MIT Portugal PhD Program, the international PhD program at the IMP (Vienna, Austria), the International Research Training Group at the University of Würzburg, and the PhD programmes of the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milan. Lately CR has been acting as a co-organiser and lecturer at the INDP in Lisbon, Portugal.

Training & Research Environment: Founded in 2005, the Champalimaud Foundation (CF) is a private organization dedicated to making advances in biomedical science. With a belief in collaboration and partnership, the Foundation has aligned itself with some of the world’s leading figures in science and medicine, such as the Nobel laureate, James Watson, in order to achieve strong guidance and maximum impact in its work. The core focus of the Champalimaud Foundation is to achieve breakthroughs in neuroscience and cancer research. With a spirit of innovation the Champalimaud Foundation chose to create a truly international centre of excellence as the home of its research – the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown which opened on October 2009. This state-of-the-art facility houses the Foundation’s activities in cancer and the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP). The Neuroscience Programme (www.neuro.fchampalimaud.org), headed by Dr. Zachary Mainen, has 16 independent labs with a total of 121 members. The faculty includes several experts in two photon imaging, animal behavior tracking, molecular genetics and optogenetics, making it an ideal research environment for state of the art neuroscience research.

Individual lab resources are substantially augmented by central facilities and shared equipment as well as denoted technical and administrative platforms. In-house platforms include major state-of-the-art animal facilities (Including flies, fish and rodents), molecular biology and cloning, virus production, transgenesis (including all species above mentioned), histology, light microscopy (including confocal), scientific software development, and hardware design and fabrication. Platform staff provides both fee-based services and training of laboratory personnel to promote dissemination of technical expertise and best practices.

Scientific interactions are strongly encouraged and facilitated within the CNP and are promoted through the use of shared space, facilities and support staff. Interactions are also facilitated by a series of institution-sponsored programs that provide both internal and external scientific interactions, including seminars, training programs, meeting and workshops, team building, group activities and public outreach. Additionally to hosting a community of international Postgraduates the CNP hosts an international PhD program in Neuroscience (INDP, http://www.ineurophd.org/), whose curricular year is taught by world experts. Finally since 2011 we also organize a biannual major Neuroscience Symposium, with 30 internationally known speakers and around 400 participants.

Most relevant publications:

1. Ribeiro, C.* and Dickson, B.J. (2010) Sex peptide receptor and neuronal TOR/S6K signaling modulate value-based feeding decisions in DrosophilaCur. Biol., 8:1000-5. *author of correspondence

2. Yapici, N.*, Kim, Y.-J.*, Ribeiro, C., Dickson, B.J. (2008). A receptor that mediates the post-mating switch in Drosophila reproductive behaviourNature, 451(7174):33-7. *authors contributed equally

3. Keleman, K., Ribeiro, C., Dickson, B. (2005). Comm function in commissural axon guidance: cell-autonomous sorting of Robo in vivoNat. Neurosci., 8(2), 156-163.