LINNce stands for Laboratório Interdisciplinar de Neuroengenharia e Neurociências (or Laboratory of Neuroengineering and Neuroscience). LINNce supports essentially all the research performed by me, by Professor Laila Damázio, and our students from graduate programs and also undergraduate courses. 

The name of the lab, besides being an acronym for what we do, relates to the beautiful wild animal lynx which, according to mithology, is a creature with supernatural vision capable of unrevealing the hidden misteries of nature.

The lab is located at the Casa Verde (Green House) in the Tancredo Neves campus of UFSJ, two kilometers down the road to Ritápolis. There is a nice view over there.

In this place, we successfull gathered talents and infrastrucure to do beautiful, honest, and inspiring science.




Vinícius Rosa Cota, PhD
Associate professor, DEPEL
Founder and coordinator of LINNce
Editor for the Journal of Open Hardware
Guest Associate Editor for the Frontiers in Neuroscience Journal - Neuroprosthetics
Member of the Research and Development Council of Open Science Brasil
Neuroengineering, biomedical engineering, neuroscience
Laila Cristina Moreira Damázio, PhD
Associate professor, DEMED
Ischemia, physical trainning, neuroscience



Jasiara Carla de Oliveira, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral fellow (PNPD / CAPES / PPGEL) (former)
Multi-unit and LFP recordings to assess synchronization / desynchronization of temporally unstructured electrical stimulation in animal submitted to kindling

Doctorate students


Renato Marciano Maciel, MSc
Graduate student of Bioengineering (PPBE/UFSJ) (former)
Architecture of sleep-wake cycle of animal models of seizures and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy


Masters students (current and past)

Sofia M.A. Falco Rodrigues, Eng.
Graduate student of Electrical Engineering (PPGEL / UFSJ) (former)
SynchroLinnce: a toolbox for assessment of synchronism in electroencephalographic recordings - development and application
Maikon Lorran, Eng.
Graduate student of Electrical Engineering (PPGEL / UFSJ) (former)
Open Stim: an arduino-based open source electrical stimulator of biological tissue - development of comand and power stage shields
Wenderson Silva, Eng.
Graduate student of Electrical Engineering (PPGEL / UFSJ) (former)
Electrographic spectral signatures of animals submitted to acute seizures and temporally unstructured electrical stimulation
Bruna Marcela Bacellar Drabowski, MSc
Former graduate student of Bioengineering (PPBE / UFSJ) (former)
Role of nucleus accumbens in the suppression of seizures with temporally unstructures electrical stimulation
Orlando Cantelmo Júnior, MSc
Former graduate student of Bioengineering (PPBE / UFSJ) (former)
Antiepileptogenic effects of temporally unstructured electrical stimulation 



João Pedro Oliveira
Undergraduate studend of electrical engineering
In silico investigation of the therapeutic mechanisms of nonperiodic stimulation in the treatment of epilepsy: a network approach using Izhikevich neurons
Heitor de Carvalho Barros Terra
Undergraduate studend of electrical engineering
In silico investigation of the therapeutic mechanisms of nonperiodic stimulation in the treatment of epilepsy: a single neuron approach using Hodgkin-Huxley models
Isabela Colem Castelo Borges
Undergraduate studend of medicine
Nonperiodic stimulation as a means to treat Parkisonian symptoms: a pilot study with animal models
Larissa Altoé Réboli
Undergraduate studend of psychology  (former)
Neural function of rats submitted to different patterns of electrical stimulation
Hugo Roque da Silva
Undergraduate studend of Electrical Engineering  (former)
MindWave as a tool for the assessment of attention in undergraduate students
submitted to different teaching scenarios
Vinícius Guimarães Lopes
Undegraduate student of electrical engineering  (former)
Force transducer acquisition system to study papilar muscle contractility
Development of a system to suppress stimulation artifacts from LFP recordings
Bábara Figueiredo
Former undergraduate student of electrical engineering  (former)
Automation of a vivarium using IoT
Sávio Batista
Former undergraduate student of electrical engineering (former)
Automation of a vivarium using IoT
Bruna Cândido, BSc
Former undergraduate student of physical education (former)
Effect of physical trainning of rats submitted to reperfussion ischemia



We have been fortunate to receive grants from FAPEMIG, CNPq, and also from the university that enabled us to acquire equipment to establish a diversity of essential scientific methods. These are some of them:

Surgical procedures

  • A surgery room equipped with stereotaxic apparatus with electronic control and digital display, electrical drill, surgical table, etc.


  • Devices for analog and digital video recordings;
  • Open-field;
  • Elevated plus maze (colaboration with UFSJ-CCO);
  • Object exploration setup;
  • Ledder climbing, and more.


  • In vivo local-field potentials recording system coupled with video (2 setups);
  • Multi-channel, digitally programable electrical stimulator with stimulus isolation unit;
  • Built-in bilateral electrical stimulator of constant-voltage pulses (4 setups)

Computational Neuroscience

  • Izhikevich models
  • Hodgkin-Huxley models
  • Neuron simulator, NEST, NetPyNE


  • Fume hood,
  • Freezing microtome
  • Microscope, and all supplies for standard histology (e.g. cresyl staining)

Technological development

  • Electronic bench eqquiped with osciloscope, wave generator, power supply, multimeter, protoboard, and hundreds of electro-electronic components


  • Bench for simple chemical preparations such as drug solutions, precision weighter (in colaboration),  pH-meter, magnetic shaker, and etc.

Computational neuroscience

  • Modern computer for computational simulations using NEST, Neuron, and Matlab using distinct well-stablished models for single cells and networks, such as Brunell's, IaF, Izhikevich, and Hodgkin Huxley.