RESEARCH GROUPS
Behavioral Neuroscience

ABOUT

Behavioral Neuroscience

Moita Lab

Living in a group has an adaptive value for a number of reasons. In the lab we focus on social interactions in different contexts, namely when individuals perceive a threat or when they are foraging for food. The neural mechanisms by which animals use social information to detect impending danger are largely unknown. We are studying how animals use defence behaviours of con-specifics as alarm cues. In addition, we study how the social context modulates defence behaviours. For example, we are studying how the presence of offspring affects defence behaviours displayed by mothers. We are also studying prosocial behaviour of rats using food foraging tasks. Here we would like to understand what drives an animal to coordinate with another or to perform an action that benefits another in the absence of self-benefit. To understand the mechanisms by which social interactions shape behaviour we use a combination of behavioural, pharmacological and optogenetic tools in rats and fruit flies.

Info

Main Interests

Defensive and Social Behaviour

Methods

Development of behavioural tasks, Optogenetics, Pharmacology and Physiology

Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Marta Moita at the email address bellow.

marta.moita@neuro.fchampalimaud.org

Lab Webpage

moitalab.org

PROJECTS

Behavioral Neuroscience

TEAM

Behavioral Neuroscience

Know our Team

Marta Moita

Marta Moita, PhD

Principal Investigator

Ricardo Zacarias

Ricardo Zacarias

2011 INDP PhD Student

Scott Rennie

Scott Rennie, PhD

INDP Alumni

Mirjam Heinemans

Mirjam Heinemans

Masters Student

Andreia Cruz

Andreia Cruz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anna Hobbiss

Anna Hobbiss, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Clara Ferreira

Clara Ferreira, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Natalia Barrios

Natalia Barrios, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ricardo Neto Silva

Ricardo Neto Silva, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Matheus Farias

Matheus Farias

Research Technician

António Raposo

António Raposo

Lab Administrator

PUBLICATIONS

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