Dr. Fabricio Do Monte
Dr. Fabricio Do Monte

A new faculty member recruited to the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy whose research vision is to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms responsible for balancing fear and reward responses, has been recognized as a Rising STAR by The University of Texas System.

Fabricio Do Monte, D.V.M., Ph.D., is joining McGovern Medical School as an assistant professor, effective Sept. 1. As part of his recruitment he is being awarded a Rising STARs Award from the UT System.

The UT System Board of Regents created the Faculty Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) Program in 2004 to help UT institutions attract and retain outstanding faculty. Awards, which can be used to purchase equipment and renovate facilities, require institutional support and are available to support the recruitment of tenure-track faculty members at any rank.

Do Monte comes to McGovern Medical School from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory J. Quirk in the Department of Psychiatry. His research is focused on fear learning and conditioning and fear memories.

“Dr. Do Monte’s research interests on the neural mechanisms of innate fear and reward and their interactions will lead to more effective therapies for anxiety disorders and substance abuse,” said Dr. John Byrne, chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, associate dean for research and holder of the June and Virgil Waggoner Chair. “His young career is off to an exceptional start.”

The author of several high-impact publications, Do Monte is the recipient of a highly competitive NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).

“Dr. Do Monte’s research background and future plans, as well as his enthusiasm for collaboration, are a great fit with the neuroscience community at McGovern Medical School. His expertise and skills mesh well with other researchers in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and beyond,” said Dean Barbara J. Stoll, H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor.

Do Monte received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Brazil and his master’s and PhD degrees (general pharmacology and neuropharmacology) from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil.

“UTHealth is grateful to the UT System for the support to recruit such innovative young scientists that will strengthen our research efforts and help us continue our leadership in the neurosciences,” said Dr. George Stancel, executive vice president for academic and research affairs and holder of the Roger J. Bulger, M.D. Distinguished Professorship.