Rui Costa studies the neurobiology of action in health and disease. His laboratory uses genetic, electrophysiological, optical, and behavioral approaches to investigate the mechanisms underlying the generation and learning of novel actions. He also studies disorders that lead to problems with action selection, compulsive behaviors, and habits. He performed his PhD studies with Dr. Alcino Silva at UCLA from 1998 to 2002, followed by postdoctoral work with Dr. Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University. He became a Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health in 2006 and in 2009 became an Investigator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program. In 2012, he became an International Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience. In 2014, he was elected a member of EMBO and was knighted with the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada from the President of Portugal. He was also awarded the Young Investigator Career Award from the Jean-Louis Jeantet Foundation. He served as Deputy Director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme from 2011 to 2013 and became Director of CF Research in 2014. He was a chair of the Programme Committee of FENS from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he became a Professor at Columbia University. He is the President of the American-Portuguese Biomedical Research Fund.
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