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.
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.
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.
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.
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.