People

Igor Schneider

Associate Professor


Igor Schneider received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Para (Brazil) in 2003. He received a PhD degree in Genetics from the University of Iowa (USA) in 2009, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago (2009-2011). Currently, Dr. Schneider is developing the South American lungfish as a model species for comparative developmental biology and regeneration.

Patrícia Schneider

Associate Professor


Patricia Schneider received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Para (Brazil) in 2003. She received a PhD degree in Genetics from the University of Iowa (USA) in 2010, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago (USA from 2010-2011. Currently, Dr. Schneider’s group is working on producing genetic tools and characterizing the developmental stages of the four-eyed fish Anableps anableps, with a special focus on opsin gene expression during eye development.

Post Docs


Carinne Costa

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Carinne Costa graduated in Biological Sciences (BA) at Centro Universitário do Pará (Brazil, 2007). She earned her master's degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Universidade Federal do Pará - UFPA (Brazil, 2010). She was a doctorate student at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, during her doctorated in Biological Chemistry (Brazil, 2015) she received a Sandwich Doctorate scholarship for research at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France). Currently, she is a postdoctoral scholar at Evo-Devo Lab. (UFPA) working on the development and regeneration of the South American lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa.

Marcos Sousa

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Marcos Sousa obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University Center of Pará (CESUPA - 2002). After graduating, he completed his Master and Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Computing at Federal University of Pará (UFPA) in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Currently, Marcus is a technologist at Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and an adjunct professor at CESUPA, working mainly in Applied Computing, Bioinformatics and Informatics for Biodiversity. Marcus is also focusing on his postdoctoral studies at Evo-Devo Lab. (UFPA), working on bioinformatics techniques for assembly and analysis of transcriptomes of non-model organisms.

Graduate Students


Bertha Ruth Mariluz

(Advisor: Patricia Schneider)


Doctoral student PPNBC (http://www.pnbc.com.br)

Kellen Matos

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


l obtained a B.S in Biology (2012) and a Masters in Biotechnology (2015) at the Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA). Currently, I work with evolution of spinal cord regeneration using the South American lungfish Lepidosiren paradoxa as a model system, to understand the mechanisms underlying regeneration. Specifically, my goal is to search for morphological and molecular similarities/differences between salamanders and lungfish regenerative processes.

Jamily Lorena de Lima

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Jamily Lorena received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Para, UFPa (Brazil) in 2016. While as an undergraduate student, she was awarded a Science Without Borders fellowship to study at the University of California Davis (USA, 2013-2014) and an EDEN fellowship to be an intern at the University of Chicago (USA, 2015). Currently, Mrs. Lorena is a master student in the Genetics and Molecular Biology Program at UFPa (Brazil) working on the differential gene expression and regulation in the retina of the four-eyed fish Anableps anableps.

Louise Neiva

(Advisor: Patricia Schneider)


Louise Neiva Perez received her BA degree in Biological Sciences at Centro Universitário do Estado do Pará (CESUPA, 2012). She was a master student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA, 2015). While as a master student, she won best poster presentation award during the “VI International Symposium of Developmental Biology” (Paraty, RJ, Brazil, 2013) and best oral presentation award during the “II Symposium of morphophysiology of Amazon – UFPa, Brazil” (2014) for her work on eye development and gene expression on larvae of the four-eyed fish Anableps anableps. Currently, Louise is a PhD. Student in the Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UFPa working on “The genetic basis of the pigmentation pattern in primates of the new world, Alouatta belzebul, A. caraya e A. Seniculus”. In a broad sense she is interested in pigmentation of vertebrates.

Maysa Araujo

(Advisor: Patricia Schneider)


Maysa Araujo received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Para, UFPa (Brazil). She was an undergraduate fellow at the EvoDevo Lab and received the best undergraduate dissertation award by the Biological Sciences Institute (UFPa, 2016) with project entitled “Characterization of expression pattern of non-visual opsins during the development of the four-eyed fish Anableps anableps”. Currently, she is a master student in the Biotechnology Graduate Program at UFPa (Brazil) working in the Anableps non-visual opsins project.

Taís Sinimbu

(Advisor: Patricia Schneider)


Taís Sinimbú received a BS degree in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA, Brazil) in 2015. Currently, Taís is a master student in the Biotechnology Program at UFPA, working on the project entitled: “Understanding seasonal plasticity of the song system control from Turdus rufiventris through genome and transcriptome analysis”. Specifically on the identification and characterization of the genic networks linked to the seasonal breading in Tudurs rufiventris through functional analysis from the genome.

Danielson B. Amaral

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Danielson Amaral obtained his degree in biology (BS) at Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA, 2012-2017), during this period he was a visitor student at Indiana University Bloomington (USA, 2014-2015) through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. Currently, Danielson is a master student in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UFPA and is interested in the evolution of vertebrate paired appendages, more specifically in the changes that happened during the transition from fins to limbs. To understand such changes he is working on the role of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) during lungfish fin regeneration and comparative analysis of Shh limb-specific regulatory sequence.

Undergraduates Students


Rafaela Ribeiro

(Advisor: Patricia Schneider)


I am an undergraduate student majoring in biological sciences at the University of Amazonia (UNAMA). I am interested in research on eye duplication during development in four eyed fish Anableps anableps

Wainna R. B. Mendes

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Wainna Barros is an undergraduate student majoring in Pharmacological Sciences at Universidade Federal do Pará. She is interested in spinal cord regeneration and its molecular mechanisms. Salamanders are well known for such ability, yet Wainna is focusing on lungfish spinal cord regeneration as a possible model for future research. She aims to find common ways vertebrates use to regrow such a delicate structure as it has important implications for medical research.

Isabelle Matos

(Advisor: Patrícia Schneider)


Isabelle is majoring in Biotechnology at Universidade Federal do Pará (Belém, PA).

Cássia Sousa

(Advisor: Patrícia Schneider)


Cássia is an undergraduate student, majoring in biotechnology at Universidade Federal do Pará (Belém, PA).

Erika Monterio

(Advisor: Igor Schneider)


Erika is an undergraduate student, majoring in Biology at Universidade Federal do Pará (Belém, PA).

Our collaborators

Chris Amemiya

Benaroya Research Institute, USA


Nadia Fröbisch

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin


John Taylor

University of Victoria, Canada


Tiana Kohlsdorf

Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto