I earned a medical degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2006. I then did a Master's degree in physiology at the same university, where I studied visual motion processing in owls with Jerome Baron. I completed my PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, working in in Yang Dan's laboratory. There I investigated how circuits downstream of the sensory cortex participate in perceptual decision-making. I moved to the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in 2015 for my post-doctoral research in the laboratories of David Tank and Carlos Brody.