RAFAEL DAI PRA DA LUZ
MASTER STUDENT (2016 - present)

Rafael finished his undergrad in Biology and decided to leave a  place surrounded by bioreactors, fungi and biofuels to explore the mysteries of the brain. He joined the Dietrich seedLab in 2016 and is interested on the neural circuitries behind social and maternal behavior. Since 2017, Rafael started his Master studies. Outside of the lab, he likes to learn new languages, play basketball and videogames.

DELVA PEREIRA LEÃO
BIOINFORMATICIAN (2017 - present)

Delva has a BA in Biotechnology from Universidade Federal de Pelotas and a Master in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Delva joined our lab in 2017 as a bioinformatician to use NGS tools to study the origins of behavior diversity in mammals.

OUR seedLab TEAM (located in Porto Alegre, Brazil)

GABRIELA BOSQUE
GRADUATE STUDENT (2017 - present)

I am a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale. Broadly, I am interested in how neurons come together in a circuit to elicit specific behavior. In the Dietrich lab, I am starting to study the divergence in pup vocalization behavior between different strains of mice as a way to gain better understanding of the etiology of mother-pup interactions at a neuronal level. 


ANDRÉ OLIVEIRA BORBA
MASTER STUDENT (2017 - present)

André finished his undergrad in Biotechnology and joined our lab in 2017 as a Master student. André is interested in the development of sexual behavior in mammals.

SARAH ORNELLAS
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT (Yale University)
STARS Fellow (Summer 2016)



FERNANDO CARVALHO
POSTDOC (2016 - present)

Ph.D. in Neurobiology, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland

I earned my PhD in 2016 at Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland. My main scientific drive is to understand how complex behaviors, such as feeding, are generated by specific groups of neurons. At Dietrich’s lab I seek to understand how circuits in the hypothalamus are formed and how they shape behavior in distinct ages of life.

ARIANA ERN SCHMITZ
GRADUATE STUDENT
Visiting student (2015) 

ONUR IYILIKCIN
POSTDOC (2016 - present)

Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

I’m interested in ultimate and proximate mechanisms of hypothalamic circuits that regulate diverse adaptive behaviors and how these circuitries interact with the reward mechanisms of the brain. My research at Dietrich’s lab specifically focuses on understanding the relationship between the homeostatic control of food intake and its interplay with mesolimbic system from a developmental perspective.

Previous Lab members

OUR TEAM

ISTVAN TOTH
GRADUATE STUDENT
Visiting student (2014) 

JULIA FABIAO
UNDERGRADUATE
Visiting student (Summer 2015) 

LETICIA PETTENUZZO
seedLab COORDINATOR (2015 - present)




BERNARDO ASSEIN ARUS
MASTER STUDENT (2015 - present)

After having worked with marine mammal ecology, Bernardo switched his research interest to neurobiology. With his passion for research, he joined the Dietrich SeedLab in 2015 to acquire new skills and collaborate to unveil the molecular and neural mechanisms of complex behaviors. In 2017, Bernardo started his Master in the lab. Bernardo also enjoys photography, traveling and exercising.

MARCELO R. ZIMMER
GRADUATE STUDENT (2014- present)

B.S. in Pharmacy

I'm a PhD student from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) doing my research at Yale University in Dietrich's lab. My major area of expertise is in animal behavior. Currently I'm most interested in the development of neurocircuits involved in the control of energy balance and in the study of mother and infant relationship.

JEREMY BOBER
LAB COORDINATOR (2014 - present)
ANTONIO H. FONSECA
GRADUATE STUDENT (2016 - present)

B.S. in Automation and Control Engineering

​Graduated in Automation, Instrumentation and Robotic Engineering at the Federal University of ABC in São Paulo – BR, with a Sandwich degree by Laurentian University in Ontario – CA. Experienced in hardware and software development. Interested in the development of robotic systems, computational vision, image processing, modelling and controlling of dynamic systems and embedded systems. 

LE'VENA TAN
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT (2016 - 2017)

King's College London

Currently in the 3rd year of my biomedical science undergraduate degree at King’s College London, UK. Enjoying New Haven and my experiences in the lab, looking forward to gaining more knowledge and creating more memories with the limited time I have here.

ANNIE JIN
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT (UConn)
Summer Student (2016) 

JOAO PAULO ALBUQUERQUE
GRADUATE STUDENT
Visiting student (2014-2015)

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