Publications

Who we are

 

 
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, P.I. (her.kou.LAH.no.who.ZELL)
- Associate Professor, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
- B.Sc. in Biology (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 1992), M.Sc. in Neuroscience (Case Western Reserve University, 1995, with Story Landis), Ph.D. in Neuroscience (Université Paris VI, 1999, with Yves Frégnac and Max-Planck-Institut for Brain Research, with Wolf Singer).
- Scientist, National Research Council (CNPq) since 2007; Young Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ, 2007-2009) and Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ, 2009-present).
- Recipient of the Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition, James S. McDonell Foundation, 2010
- Author of six books for the general public on the neuroscience of everyday life, with over 80,000 copies sold.
- Writer and presenter of the TV series Neurológica (Fantástico, Rede Globo de Televisão) between 2008 and 2011.
- Regular writer for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo since 2006. 

E-mail: suzanahh@gmail.com


Bruno Mota, professor
- Assistant professor, Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, since 2013
- Postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2008-2013
- Ph.D. in Physics (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, 2007).
- Publications: Herculano-Houzel et al. (2006), Herculano-Houzel et al. (2010), Mota & Herculano-Houzel (2012), Ventura-Antunes et al. (2013), Ribeiro et al. (2013), Mota and Herculano-Houzel (2014), Mota and Herculano-Houzel (2015)

 

 

Current lab members

 

Nina Patzke, postdoctoral fellow since 2014
- Former advisor: Paul Manger, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Current project: Analysis of numbers of neurons in the prefrontal cortex of cetartiodactyls 

Sandra Dos Santos, postdoctoral fellow since 2012
- Former advisor: Linda Holland, Scripps Institute, San Diego, USA
- Current projects: Analysis of numbers of cells in the growing nervous system of the octopus; cellular composition of the brain of marsupials; development of the cellular composition of the mouse brain

Lissa Ventura-Antunes, PhD candidate since 2012
- Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2008
- Publications: Ventura-Antunes et al. (2013) and Ribeiro et al. (2013)
- Current project: Analysis of the distribution of astrocytes, vasculature and synapses in the brain 

Kleber Neves, PhD candidate since 2014
- Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2010
- Publications: Neves et al. (2014) 
- Current project: Relationship between numbers of neurons and cognitive abilities in birds

Ayanda Ngwenya, PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Supervised by Prof. Paul Manger
- Publications: Ngwenya et al. (2013) 
- Current project: Cellular composition of the continuously growing brain of the Nyle crocodile

Débora Jardim Messeder, MSc candidate since 2014
- Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2011
- Publications: Herculano-Houzel et al. (2015)
- Current project: Analysis of the cellular composition of the brain of carnivores 

Kamilla Avelino de Souza, MSc candidate since 2014
- Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2012
- Publications: Herculano-Houzel et al. (2014)
- Current project: Cellular composition of the brain of cetaceans 

Felipe Barros da Cunha, MSc candidate since 2014
- Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2010
- Current project: Distribution of vasculature in the brain of birds and bats 

 

 

Former lab members

Felix Ströckens, postdoctoral fellow, 2014. Felix got his PhD working with Onur Güntürkün at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany, came to the lab for a few months to study the distribution of neurons within the avian telencephalon, and is currently back in Onur's lab as a post-doctoral fellow.

Mariana Gabi, PhD awarded in 2014. Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2007, studied the distribution of neurons along the cerebral cortex of primates. Publications: Gabi et al. (2010) and Ribeiro et al. (2013). Mariana is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Jon Kaas's lab at Vanderbilt University.

Karina Fonseca-Azevedo, MSc awarded in 2013. Joined the lab as an undergraduate student in 2008. Studied the metabolic limitations to brain expansion in primates, including humans (Fonseca-Azevedo & Herculano-Houzel (2012) , and in other mammals large and small (in preparation). Karina currently lives in the Netherlands, where she is looking for a doctoral position.

Rodrigo Siqueira, MSc awarded in 2013. Joined the lab in 2010 to study the cellular composition of the brains of artiodactyls, as large as primate brains and with cortices even more folded (Kazu et al., 2014). Rodrigo is currently a PhD student at the University of Reading, UK.

Pedro Ribeiro, MSc awarded in 2012. Examined the distribution of neurons along the human cerebral cortex (Ribeiro et al., 2013) and the scaling of the olfactory bulb (Ribeiro et al., 2014). Pedro is currently a research assistant at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

 

 

 

Frederico Azevedo (co-supervised with Roberto Lent), M.Sc. awarded in 2008. Determined the cellular composition of the adult human brain (Azevedo et al., 2009). Frederico is currently a PhD student at the Max-Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany.

 

 

 

Fabiana Bandeira (co-supervised with Roberto Lent), Ph.D. awarded in 2007. Examined the postnatal changes in the cellular composition of the rat brain (Bandeira et al., 2009).

 

 

 

Bianca Torres de Mendonça, undergraduate student 2007-2010, is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

 

2010


Mariana Gabi, PhD candidate since 2010, undergraduate student 2007-2010

Priscilla Morterá, Ph.D. candidate since 2009, undergraduate student 2005-2007

Karina Fonseca, Master's candidate since 2011, undergraduate student 2009-2010

Pedro Ribeiro, Master's candidate since 2009, undergraduate student 2007-2009

Rodrigo Silveira, Master's candidate since 2011

Nilma Pantoja, veterinarian, M.Sc. candidate since 2009

Carolina Masseron, undergraduate student, since 2011

Kleber Junior, undergraduate student, since 2010

Lissa Ventura, undergraduate student, since 2008

Natália Sales, undergraduate student, since 2008