Ana Maria de Lauro Castrucci
University of São Paulo
Ana Maria de Lauro Castrucci obtained both a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Physiology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. For the last decade she has collaborated with researchers from the University of Virginia, among them Professors Ignacio Provencio, Michael Menaker and Ali Guler. She is full professor of Physiology (retired) at the University of São Paulo. Her post-doctorate research included working with Professor Mac Hadley at the University of Arizona, working with melanotropin signaling in vertebrate pigment cells. Professor Castrucci took a sabbatical leave at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Maryland, investigating the light sensitivity of amphibian melanophores in Professor Mark Rollag laboratory. Her research mainly contributed to the understanding of the regulation and intracellular signaling of crustacean and vertebrate pigment cells. Currently she is focusing her investigation on the regulation of vertebrate peripheral clocks by hormones, light and temperature.