Suzana Herculano-Houzel

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Suzana Herculano-Houzel
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Suzana Carvalho Herculano

ResidenceNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma materCase Western Reserve University
Pierre and Marie Curie University
Max Planck Institute
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Scientific career
InstitutionsVanderbilt University

Suzana Herculano-Houzel is a Brazilian neuroscientist. Her main field of work is comparative neuroanatomy; her findings include a method of counting of neurons of human and other animals' brains[1] and the relation between the cerebral cortex area and thickness and number of cortical folds .[2]


Suzana Herculano-Houzel was born in 1972 in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated in Biology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (1992), got a master's degree at Case Western Reserve (1995), a doctorate at Paris VI University (1999) and post-doctorate at Max Planck Institute (1999), all in neuroscience.

Herculano-Houzel was a faculty member at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro from 2002 to May 2016, when she moved to Vanderbilt University.[3]

She published books on popularization of science and writes columns for Folha de S.Paulo newspaper and Scientific American Brazil magazine. She was the first Brazilian speaker on TED Global in 2013.[4][5]

She won the José Reis Prize of Science Communication in 2004.

See also[edit]


  • Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable. Editor: The Mit Press; (2016). ISBN 0262034255


  1. ^ Herculano-Houzel, Suzana; Lent, Roberto (9 March 2005). "Isotropic Fractionator: A Simple, Rapid Method for the Quantification of Total Cell and Neuron Numbers in the Brain". The Journal of Neuroscience. 25 (10): 2518–2521. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4526-04.2005. PMID 15758160.
  2. ^ Herculano-Houzel, Suzana; Mota, Bruno (3 July 2015). "Cortical folding scales universally with surface area and thickness, not number of neurons". Science. 349 (6243): 74–77. doi:10.1126/science.aaa9101. PMID 26138976.
  3. ^ "Neurocientista Suzana Herculano-Houzel deixa o país" [Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel leaves the country]. piauí (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2016-05-03.
  4. ^ "A mulher que encolheu o cérebro humano". O Globo (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. ^ Herculano-Houzel, Suzana. "What is so Special about the human brain?". TED. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

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