Lucas Pinto, MD, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Pinto obtained his medical degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2006. He then did a Master's degree in physiology at the same university, where he studied visual processing in owls with Jerome Baron. Dr. Pinto got his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, working in in Yang Dan's laboratory. He investigated how circuits downstream of the sensory cortex participate in perceptual decision-making. He moved to the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in 2015 for his post-doctoral research in the laboratories of Dr. David Tank and Dr. Carlos Brody. Dr. Pinto is broadly interested in neural mechanisms underlying cognition, both at the local circuit level and in terms of large-scale interactions between different brain areas. He uses a combination of recording, perturbation and computational techniques to study decision-making behavior. More specifically, his current work investigates how cortical areas interact at large scales to support decision-making relying on the gradual accumulation of sensory evidence, and how the cognitive demands of different tasks modulate cortical dynamics.

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