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 B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences and a Master's and PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She was a postdoctoral fellow ate the Montreal Neurological Institute (2003-2005) at McGill University and a Seasonal Investigator at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) (2006 and 2007). She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) School of Sciences and supervise graduate students at the Postgraduate Programs in Biology Cellular and Molecular and in Ecology and Evolution of Biodiversity. She is a leader of two research groups at DGP-CNPq, ZebLab - Research Group on Experimental Models in Zebrafish and Gender Equality at the Academy. She is co-coordinator of the Ethics Committee for the Use of Animals (CEUA) and member of the board of the Latin American Zebrafish Network (LAZEN). She was nominated as an Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2012. Monica has published more than 80 articles in international scientific journals, with over 3500 citations and has an H-index of 35. Her main expertise is on behavior, synaptic plasticity and animal models of memory and neurodegeneration using rodents and zebrafish. Currently she is dedicated to the generation of genetically edited animals using the CRISPR / Cas9 technique in zebrafish to establish platforms for studies of cellular and molecular mechanisms associated Alzheimer's disease.

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