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Susana Lima, PhD

Group Leader
Neuroethology Lab
Champalimaud Foundation

Lisbon, Portugal

Susana Q. Lima is a Portuguese neuroscientist and principal investigator at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal where she investigates the mechanisms controlling sexual behavior.
In 2005, Lima obtained her Ph.D. from the doctoral program in Biology and Medicine at the Gulbenkian Institute for Science. For her PhD project at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Yale University, she worked under the supervision of Gero Miesenböck, where she developed the first optogenetic based method to control the behavior of fruit flies. Following her Ph.D, Lima completed her postdoctoral research in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Anthony Zador, where she used optogenetic tools to develop a new method to identify neuronal subtypes during in vivo recordings.
Susana is part of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program since 2008. Her lab uses mice as model system to study sexual behavior, using a combination of electrophysiological and genetic based imaging and anatomical tools to understand how the coordinated activity of different neuronal populations underlies the flexible, state dependent modulation of this fundamental behavior, in males and females.

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