Dr Rossana Rosa Porto

Rossana Rosa PortoPosition

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine


Rossana Rosa Porto graduated from UNISINOS – Brazil in 2008, with a Bachelor of Physical Education. She started her Masters in Neuroscience in 2012, in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil, supervised by Dr. Paulo Ivo Homem de Bittencourt Jr. and Dr. Denise Zancan, in the laboratory of Cell Physiology. Her project was to investigate the induction of the molecular chaperone HSP70 in the hypothalamus, by different intensities of exercise and activation of adrenergic receptors. She also had a role of research assistant and worked in a variety of projects involving obesity, diabetes and inflammation. In the same University, Rossana started her PhD in Neuroscience in 2014, with Dr. Lucas de Oliveira Alvares, in the laboratory of Neurobiology of Memory. Here she investigated the role of HSP70 in the molecular basis of memory, and then with a grant from the Brazilian’s government, she did a year of her PhD in the University of Sydney (2016). Supervised by Dr. Damian Holsinger, her project was to explore the induction of HSP70 by heat shock, using infrared light, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. She then worked as a research assistant for 3 years with Prof. Tim Karl (2019-2022), investigating the validity of genetic mouse models and gene-environment interactions in brain disorders. She continues her research in the topic while in her first postdoctoral position, still in the laboratory of Behavioural Neuroscience, where she is starting her own project, using the heat shock as a non-pharmacological treatment for neurodegenerative diseases and schizophrenia.

Research Interests

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Genetic mouse models
  • Memory
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Exercise

Qualifications & Recognition

  • PhD in Biological Sciences: Neuroscience
  • Master in Biological Sciences: Neuroscience
  • Bachelor in Physical Education

Research & Publications

  • For a list of my publications please see my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details

Telephone+614 50 673 692
LocationSchool of Medicine, Campbelltown