Ruben do Vale

PhD Student

Ruben do Vale joined the Branco lab as a PhD student in 2015, after graduating as an MD from the University of Lisbon. His work focuses on how acquired knowledge about the spatial environment controls instinctive defensive behaviours in mice. Using escape actions as an entry door to study goal-directed navigation, Ruben develops and conducts behavioural assays and combines them with circuit manipulations and neural activity recordings to understand how the brain computes and implements accurate navigation.