Ana Sofia Félix

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Short Bio
I first graduated in Biological Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisboa) where I also developed my Master thesis project: “Noninvasive measurement of steroid hormones in zebrafish holding water” (2012).
Since 2008 until 2014 I worked with Rui Oliveira as a research technician at his lab based at ISPA – Instituto Universitário (Lisboa).
Afterwards, I joined CCMAR (Centro de Ciências do Mar, Universidade do Algarve) as a Research Assistant and collaborated with Rui Oliveira Lab in the scope of Copewell Project: ‘A new integrative framework for the study of fish welfare based on the concepts of allostasis, appraisal and coping styles’.
In 2015, I have started my PhD in Behavior Biology (ISPA – Instituto Universitário) studying the mechanisms underlying the androgen response to social interactions.

Research Interests
Social Behaviour


Cerqueira, M., Millot, S., Castanheira, M. F., Félix, A. S., Silva, T., Oliveira, G. A.,Oliveira, C. C., Martins, C. I. M. and Oliveira, R. F. 2017. Cognitive appraisal of environmental stimuli induces emotion-like states in fish. Scientific Reports 7(1): 13181.

Gonçalves D., Félix A.S., Oliveira R.F. 2017. Neuroendocrinology of Social Behavior in Teleost Fish. In: Pfaff D.W. & Joëls M. (eds.), Hormones, Brain and Behavior, Volume 2 – Non-Mammalian Hormone-Behavior Systems, 3rd edn, pp 3–18. Academic Press, Oxford.

Félix, A.S., Faustino, A.I., Cabral, E.M. and Oliveira, R.F. 2013. Noninvasive measurement of steroid hormones in zebrafish holding-water. Zebrafish 10: 1-6.