Lucas Albrechet-Souza, PhD
Ph.D. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
M.S. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
B.S. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Albrechet-Souza is a Brazilian neuroscientist with 18 years of experience in preclinical research in Behavioral Neuroscience, focused on brain mechanisms involved in dysregulated behaviors, including fear, anxiety and drugs/alcohol abuse in animal models. Dr. Albrechet-Souza is currently an Instructor-Research working with Dr. Nicholas W. Gilpin in the Department of Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans-LA. He investigates changes in brain mechanisms induced by traumatic stress in susceptible rats, with emphasis in the involvement of endocannabinoids in discrete brain areas on stress-induced escalation of alcohol consumption.
Dr. Albrechet-Souza earned his PhD from the University of Sao Paulo-Brazil working under the mentorship of Dr. Marcus Lira Brandao. His research included the investigation of the neurobiology of stress-induced alterations in behavior, specifically focusing on the role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, serotonergic and GABAergic mechanisms in the organization of innate and learned defensive responses in rodents. After completing his 2-year postdoctoral training at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Dr. Albrechet-Souza worked under the mentorship of Dr. Klaus A. Miczek, initially at Tufts University in Boston-MA as a postdoctoral fellow and then at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil as a young investigator, in an international cooperation between U.S. and Brazil. His research was focused on neuroadaptative changes in the reward system function induced by social stress in rats and mice, with emphasis on the role for brain corticotropin-releasing factor signaling in mediating stress-induced escalation of cocaine and alcohol consumption.
Besides his ability to secure external funding, Dr. Albrechet-Souza has authored 25 peer-reviewed research articles with more than 700 citations. He has attended more than 40 national and international conferences and acted as reviewer for several scientific journals, including Neuropharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Behavioural Brain Research, Brain Stimulation, and Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. Albrechet-Souza is constantly involved in educational activities, including teaching, mentoring and laboratory assistance. He had the opportunity to teach and lecture in both Brazil and U.S., as well as mentoring undergraduate- and graduate-level students.