Wesleyan portrait of Clarissa  F. Cavarsan Muller

Clarissa F. Cavarsan Muller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior

Shanklin Laboratory, 306/3rd fl


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BA Universidade Federal De Sao Paulo
PHD Universidade Federal De Sao Paulo

Clarissa F. Cavarsan Muller

Clarissa Cavarsan Muller is a Visiting Professor in Neuroscience and Behavior at the Wesleyan University since 2023. She got her BS in Brazil, in Biomedical Science at Universidade Federal de São Paulo in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Neurology in 2010 from the same University. Then she worked as a Postdoc at Scott and White Memorial Hospital (2011), in Traumatic Brain Injury Post-Traumatic Epilepsy, and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda) (2012), in optogenetics, and Neuroplasticity. She has lots of experience in small and large animal behavior (including primates), Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology, in Neuroscience, mainly on Neuroplasticity. Back in Brazil, at Universidade Federal do Paraná (2015), she got a fellowship to work at a startup (IMUNOVA). Dr. Cavarsan also had a CNPq Universal grant project (2017) on Parkinson's Disease and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, at the same laboratory at UFPR. She worked for Sanofi for two years, as a Medical Science Liaison, to launch an innovative therapy before returning to the USA, to work as a postdoc at the University of Rhode Island, (2018). At URI she worked at Katharina Quinlan’s Laboratory, developing research in spinal cord neurodegeneration (ALS, SMA), using behavior, cellular and molecular biology, and electrophysiology. Them, she developed a study with Dr. Richard Clements, in mitochondrial dysfunction in the Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Cavarsan, during all this years working as researcher, she also acquired teaching experience giving the courses in Genetics, Physiology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Students "drop-in":

Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

(Shanklin - room 306 or Zoom)


Spring 2024
NS&B 251 - 01
Laboratory in Neuroscience

NS&B 302 - 01
Neurobiology of Aging

NS&B 304 - 01
Glia: Not just neuronal glue!

Summer 2024
NS&B 302Z - 01
Neurobiology of Aging