Fabricio H. Do Monte, DVM, Ph.D.
Dr. Do Monte received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Brazil (2002), and his master’s and PhD degrees (general pharmacology and neuropharmacology) from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil (2006 and 2010), investigating the neural mechanisms regulating the expression of aversive memories. As a postdoctoral trainee in Dr. Gregory Quirk’s lab at the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Do Monte investigated the neural circuits involved in the retrieval and extinction of fear memories. He became an Assistant Professor in the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in December 2016. Dr. Do Monte’s hobbies include playing soccer and chess, watching movies, walking his dog, and traveling to exotic destinations.
Douglas S. Engelke, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas Engelke received his bachelor in Biological Sciences from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he investigated the regulatory role of endocannabinoid and glucocorticoid signaling in learning and memory. During his graduate training in Neuroscience at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil, he studied the neural mechanisms underlying drug-seeking behavior, with an emphasis in the temporal processes modulating memory precision and generalization. Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Do Monte Lab, Dr. Engelke is interested in understanding the relationship between reward- and fear-associated memories, and how these memories change with the passage of time. While not in the lab, Dr. Engelke enjoy playing guitar, listening to jazz and rock music, and homebrewing beers.
Ana Luisa Terzian, Ph.D.
Dr. Ana Terzian has a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Science and a Master in Pharmacology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She obtained her PhD in Systemic Neuroscience at Ludwig Maximilians Universität and Max Planck Institute, Germany. She is interested in basic and preclinical research, and her main project line is to investigate the involvement of endocannabinoid/endovanilloid system in the modulation of aversive and social behavior in rodents. Besides her work in the Lab, Ana is also a volunteer for animal welfare and other solidarity causes.
Jose A. Fernandez Leon Fellenz, D.Phil, Ph.D.
Dr. Fernandez Leon Fellenz received his B.S., MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the National University of Central Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Cognitive Science/Computational Neuroscience from the University of Sussex, UK. Since 2011, he has been a Research Fellow/Postdoc Associate in the Systems Neuroscience field at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and the BWH-Harvard Medical School in Boston. His current research interest is in understanding how engram mechanisms of specific reward- and fear-associated experiences relate to memories. During his off-hours, Dr. Fernandez enjoys walking, hiking, and cycling around new cities and the countryside. Recently, he is also trying to find some genes for learning German and violin.
Maria Nain Rasheed, B.S.
Maria Naim Rasheed was born in Atlanta, GA. Her interest peaked in cognitive neuroscience and she graduated with her Neuroscience bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. Maria is currently working in Dr. Do Monte’s lab as a post baccalaureate to gain training in different neuroscience techniques before applying for graduate school. She has been involved in a research project to investigate the neural circuitry of emotional memories using fear and reward stimuli. While not in the lab, Maria enjoys gardening, watching movies, and gaming. She also enjoys painting, doing make up, and researching on new ideas for home decor during her free time.