Rui Costa received his D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1996. He entered the GABBA graduate program from University of Porto in 1997, and performed his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Alcino Silva at UCLA from 1998 to 2002 in the field of learning and memory, investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the learning disabilities associated with NF1. He then joined Dr. Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University for his postdoctoral training, where he established multi-site neuronal recordings in awake behaving mice.
Rui Costa received the Young Investigator Award from the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation in 2001, and was a finalist of the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience in 2003. Rui Costa joined NIH in January 2006, and became an adjunct investigator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program in 2007. His laboratory studies the neurobiology of action in health and disease.