Rui Peixoto received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal in 2003 and earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Duke University Medical Center and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2011. His graduate work with Michael Ehlers at Duke focused on activity-dependent regulation of synaptic adhesion. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in Bernardo Sabatini’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where his studies focused on the development of corticostriatal circuits and implications for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His laboratory is focused on investigating the disruption of basal ganglia maturation by cortical hyperactivity in ASD.