Champalimaud Foundation, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
Carlos Ribeiro is a principal investigator at Champalimaud Research in Lisbon, Portugal and a member of the FENS-Kavli network of excellence. His laboratory works at the interface of behavior, metabolism and physiology and studies how nutrients and internal states act at the level of neuronal and physiological systems to generate the correct nutritional decisions needed for the survival and reproduction of organisms. The powerful genetics of Drosophila melanogaster, allows them to manipulate circuits and molecular mechanisms, survey neuronal function using activity imaging, and query behavioral outcomes using novel automated, quantitative methods. These approaches are complemented with precise nutritional and microbial manipulations to reach an integrated understanding of nutrition. He has contributed to our understanding of how nutrients and reproductive states act at the level of neuronal circuits and molecular mechanisms to control nutrient selection. More recently he has become interested in understanding how specific gut microbes regulate food cravings.