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Ana Carolina Luchiari

I earned my B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of São Paulo State in 2001, and my M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the same institution in 2003 and 2007, respectively, with a thesis on the behavior and physiology of fish. After that I held some academic positions in Brazil (Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte –UERN, Federal University of Paraíba –UFPB) before joining Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in 2010 where I am assitent professor at the Department of Physiology and Vice-Coordinator of the Post Graduation Course in Psychobiology.

My research has been focusing on the biological and neural mechanisms of behaviour. For the past 9 years my research at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte has been concerned with the development of novel behavioural testing tools for the zebrafish, and behavioural psychopharmacological approaches with zebrafish to study such questions as the mechanisms of alcohol and other drugs abuse, and of learning and memory. I have been supervising undergrad and graduate students, All of them are encouraged to published their work from the laboratory in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented their results in national and international conferences; many students have already done that and we could create a strong group for the zebrafish behavioural neuroscience research.


Fabiano Menezes - Postdoctoral fellow

I am a biologist, I have a M.Sc and Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology by the PUCRS graduate program. I developed my work in the department of Neurochemistry and Psychopharmacology at PUCRS as well as being part of my Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My work has been focused on seizure model in zebrafish and evaluation of the adenosinergic and glutamatergic systems in this context. In addition I have conducted behavioral analysis studies on zebrafish and use of molecular tools such as morpholinos and CRISPR.

Marcelo Nogueira - PhD

I am a Computer Engineer and MSc in Electric Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN - (2003 and 2005) and PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (2013). Currently assistant professor at UFRN at the department Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia. My research focus on robotics and computer vision.

Jaquelinne Pinheiro -PhD Candidate

I have a degree in Natural Sciences from the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) and master in Psychobiology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). I've developed studies in animal behaviour, including aggressiveness and social hierarchy in fish. During my master I developed a project regarding sleep deprivation and cognition using zebrafish (Danio rerio) as the experimental model. Currently I study the alcohol effects on learning and memory and its potential to cause transgenerational modifiations.

Mayara Silveira - PhD Candidate

Hello! I am a biologist and MSc in Psychobiology (UFRN). Since 2008 I’ve been developing studies related to ecological and behavioral aspects of reef fish species. Currently I am working with damselfish (Stegastes fuscus) focusing on behaviour related to territoriality, aggressiveness and learning, in order to develop my PhD thesis. Together with this project, I also work in other projects regarding physical exercise and enrichment in zebrafish.

Caroline Peripolli - PhD Candidate

Hello, I am a biologist and have got my Master degree in Animal biodiversity at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), during which I was focused on morphological and behavioral effects of the ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) in Boana pulchella tadpoles. I am very interested in animal behavior, and I  am a PhD candidate in Psychobiology Programme at Prof Luchiari’s Lab - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). My current project is about the effects of chronic and acute alcohol and caffeine exposure on zebrafish’s individual differences.

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Ana Luisa Moreira - PhD Candidate

Hello people! I am a biologist who loves fish and coral reef environment! I have master degree in Zoology, from Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), during which I studied feeding/social behavior and habitat use of parrotfishes, at its natural habitat. After that I have worked with conservation of coral reefs Protected Areas at Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil. Actually I  am a PhD student in Psychobiology Programme at Prof Luchiari Lab - Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and my project aims to investigate the effects of Oxybenzone, an organic component of many sunscreen lotions and others cosmetic products, on the behavior of fish, using zebrafish as model.

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Heloysa Araújo - PhD Candidate

Hello! I finished Biology Course and Master course in Psychobiology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and I am currently a PhD student in Psychobiology. As a member of Luchiari Lab, I've developed studies with individual differences and alcohol abuse using zebrafish (Danio rerio). My interest regards alcohol effects in the brain and behavior, thus I focus my question on how alcohol affects different individuals and how they react to the drug exposure

Thalles Silva-Pinto - PhD Candidate

Hi humans! I'm a physical educator and undergraduate student in Biology, both at UFRN. Since 2014 I've been developing studies on ecology of reef fish. Finished my master degree in Psichobiology at UFRN in 2019, working with  Damselfish (Stegastes fuscus) and climate change. I am starting my PhD studies focusing on the effects of plastic contamination in the oceans on fish biochemistry and behavior. In summary, I try to evaluate how / if the antropic disturbance can alter the behavior in Damselfish.

M Elisa Leite-Ferreira - PhD Candidate 

I concluded the Biology course at UFRN in 2017 and my master course in Psychobiology in 2020.  My interest is animal behavior and thus I have already participated in several research with zebrafish, to whom I have fallen in love! I supported studies on emotional contagion, individual differences and alcohol effects in zebrafish.  I'm now involved in a research about the relationship between elderly and alcohol in zebrafish.

Thais Agues-Barbosa - master student

Hey, guys. I concluded the biological sciences course in 2018 and I'm working on my master degree in Psychobiology. At Luchiari Lab, I already assisted researches related to individual differences in siamese fighting fish and physical exercice in zebrafish. In my dissertation, I will test the responsiveness of three zebrafish strains to alcohol in a voluntary intake protocol. I love to study how animals relate to the environment, and learn more about them is what I want to do!

Vanessa Silveira - master student

Hello people, I am a master student (UFRN) working with zebrafish populations differences related to housing parameters. I have already participated in other studies at Luchiari lab, such as time-place learning and anxiety-like behavior upon alcohol withdrawal in zebrafish. 


Jamile Meira - master student

I have been following Luchiari lab since 2018 and started my master course in 2019. My study refers to the use of tempol, a sintetic antioxidant molecule, on the prevention or treatment of oxidative stress caused by alcohol exposure in zebrafish.

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JP Mamede - Master student

What's up everyone, I'm a master student in Psychobiology  at UFRN! I used to work with protein biochemistry before joining the Fish Lab, but now I'm developing research on the validation housing protocols in zebrafish, and focusing my marter to respond to how individual differences are consistent in time .

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Miguel Sales - undergrad student

Hi, my name is Miguel and I'm an undergraduate student of Biology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. I have previously worked with the effects of different types of physical exercise on zebrafish. At the moment I'm working with unpredictable chronic stress and it's treatment efficacy with benzodiazepines and lithium.


Matheus Neves - undergrad student

Hi guys!!! I am an undergrad student in biological sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and I am interested in the study of animal behavior. I have been part of Luchiari Lab since August 2017. I am currently part of 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.


Jessica Ferreira - undergrad student

I'm an undergraduate student in Biology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and also a fish lover! I have been taking care of the zebrafish, killifish and damselfish at the Fish Lab for a while, but my main focus of research is how music affect damselfish learning behavior. 

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Diego Medeiros  - undergrad student

Are you guys all alright? I am Diêgo, a biologist in training at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. I'm fascinated by animal behavior. In particular, sociobiology. I have already worked with the effects of alcohol in response of the social grouping of zebrafish. Currently, I work with the effects of the interaction between alcohol and environmental enrichment on learning and anxiety-like behavior.

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Bruna Beatriz  - undergrad student

Hey people! I am an undergraduate student in Biology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and actually participating in an analyzing study on the effects of oxybenzone, one of the components of sunscreen, on zebrafish behavior. As the oxybenzone is frequently spred to the environment, it is important to know how it affects wild life!