Dr. Cuello's Research Laboratory


Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University


Lab Group

Sonia Do Carmo


  • Born in Portugal, raised in the Montréal area


  • In 2009 I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Biology after working under the supervision of Prof. Eric Rassart, at Université du Québec à Montréal (Montréal, Québec). My project was aiming at understanding the molecular role of apolipoprotein D in neurodegenerative diseases. Before joining Prof. Cuello’s group at McGill in June 2010, I worked as a postdoctoral associate in retrovirology and on the cryopreservation of animal cells with plant proteins under the supervision of Prof. Benoît Barbeau and Prof. Fathey Sarhan at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Research Interests:

  • Molecular mechanisms of diseases

  • Metabolism

  • Alzheimer’s disease

Current projects:

  • I am currently the Charles E. Frosst-Merck Research Associate in Dr. Cuello’s lab. My studies are geared toward testing the hypothesis that the pathological accumulation of intracellular Amyloid beta-oligomers in an in vivo model of Alzheimer’s disease provokes dysregulation of the ERK/CREB pathway, a key cell signaling mechanism intimately linked to synaptic plasticity.

Extracurricular Interests and Activities:

  • traveling

  • hiking


Contact information: sonia.docarmo@mcgill.ca