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Cléo Alcantara Costa Leite


Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

I Graduated in Biological Sciences at UFPE. I obtained a Master and a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences at the PIPG-CF of UFSCar/UNESP, working with central control and reflexes for cardiorespiratory adjustments in vertebrates. I have done postdoctoral research investigating the function and control of intracardiac blood shunts in rattlesnakes in a collaboration between UNESP-RC and Aarhus University. The experience in my line of work was complemented by projects developed at Aarhus University with Prof. Tobias Wang and at the University of British Columbia with Prof. William K Milsom. I am currently an associate professor at UFSCar, in São Carlos. In general, my general line of research aims to understand the physiological basis of biodiversity in vertebrates. I investigate the mechanisms and selections that permeate the physiological adaptations that make vertebrates able to live in different environments. I work with the creation of new and innovative experimental models to access physiological functions. Such models have allowed me to analyze evolutionary hypotheses about cardiorespiratory functions, the role of the cardiac shunt, and the role of cardiovascular reflexes. In addition, we have used such models to investigate functional and ecological damage caused by environmental contaminants or functional gains generated by dietary supplementation in vertebrates. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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