Born in Basel, Switzerland, Carlos Ribeiro studied Molecular Biology at the University of Basel. From 1999 until 2003, he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Affolter for his PhD studies, where he used 3D time lapse imaging approaches in the living embryo to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms used to sculpt the tubular breathing network of the fruitfly.
For his postdoctoral training, he joined Barry Dickson's lab at the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Austria. There, he contributed to the understanding of how neurons get wired by first characterizing Robo receptor trafficking in living Drosophila embryos and then became interested in decision making in the adult fly.
Today, Carlos Ribeiro is a principal investigator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme here in Lisbon. His research group, the Behavior and Metabolism lab investigates how neuronal systems sense metabolic needs and modify neuronal processes to generate the correct behavioral decisions needed for the survival and reproduction of organisms.