Hello, let me briefly present our laboratory at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

We are in the campus area of the Pedro Ernesto University Hospital, at the Biomedical Center, Institute of Biology. The laboratory is dynamic with young Masters and Ph.D. students working under the guidance of the leading professors in scientific research (related to changes in metabolism, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and associated problems). Several techniques of cellular and molecular biology are performed to test the hypotheses that arise in the research projects of students and teachers.

On Wednesday afternoons, we meet at the weekly staff meeting and discuss recent publications or our unpublished results, always an exciting time where experienced researchers train their students, where new issues are exposed, and everyone can give their opinion and contribution.

We invite those who may be interested in what we have discussed to come and participate with us in our meetings. We have a preference for using morphological quantification tools in our studies, mainly morphometry, allometry and stereology. For this purpose, we offer three disciplines to postgraduate students throughout the year, which is a) biometry, b) unbiased stereology, and c) scientific methodology.

Carlos A. Mandarim-de-Lacerda, M.D., Ph.D.

Laboratory entrance