Monica Ryff Moreira Roca Vianna

Schools: School of Health and Life Sciences
Graduate Programs: Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Ecology and Evolution of Biodiversity Graduate Program


Monica holds a degree in Biological Sciences and a MSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute (2003-2005) at McGill University (Canada). She was a Seasonal Investigator at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (2006 and 2007) (USA). She is an associate professor at the School of Health and Life Sciences at the PUCRS and the Graduate Programs in Cellular and Molecular Biology and in Ecology and Evolution of Biodiversity. She is the leader of two research groups at the DGP-CNPq, ZebLab-Research Group on experimental models in zebrafish and Gender Equity at Academia. She is deputy coordinator of the Ethics Committee for the Use of Animals (CEUA) and a member of the Latin American Zebrafish Network (LAZEN). She was appointed an Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2012. She has published more than 85 articles in international scientific journals, with more than 4000 citations and an H index of 40 or more. She has experience in the area of ​​behavior, ecotoxicity and animal models of memory and neurodegeneration using rodents and zebrafish. She is dedicated to studies of cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with Alzheimer's Disease and the toxic effects of environmental contaminants on zebrafish. Represents the Latin America & The Caribbean in The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS).

Areas of interest


Concentration Areas and Lines Research

Cellular and Molecular Biology

- Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

Ecology and Evolution of Biodiversity

- Ecology and Conservation

Research Structures

Research Group

- Equidade de gênero no ambiente acadêmico científico

Research Group

- Neuroplasticity

Research Group

- ZebLab - Experimental models using zebrafish

Research Laboratories

- Laboratory of Biology and Development of the Nervous System