Magda Teles


Short Bio
I’m currently a PhD student in the doctoral programme of Biological Sciences in the University of Lisbon. I obtained my master degree in Psychobiology from ISPA-Instituto Universitário, and a degree in Biology from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon.


Research Interests
I’m interested in the socially driven changes that occur at neural and behavioral levels in response to social interactions, and I’m using zebrafish as a model species.



Teles, M.C., Gozdowska, M., Kalamarz-Kubiak, H., Kulczykowska, E., Oliveira, R.F. 2016. Agonistic interactions elicit rapid changes in brain nonapeptide levels in zebrafish. Hormones and Behavior 84: 57–63.

Teles, M.C., Cardoso, S.D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2016. Social plasticity relies on different neuroplasticity mechanisms across the Brain Social Decision-Making Network in Zebrafish. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 10.

Oliveira, R.F., Simoes, J.M., Teles, M.C., Oliveira, C.R., Becker, J.D. and Lopes, J.S. 2016. Assessment of fight outcome is needed to activate socially driven transcriptional changes in the zebrafish brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: E654-661.

Teles, M.C. & Oliveira, R.F. 2016. Androgen response to social competition in a shoaling fish. Hormones and Behavior 78: 8–12.

Cardoso, S. D., Teles, M. C., & Oliveira, R. F. (2015). Neurogenomic mechanisms of social plasticity. The Journal of Experimentral Biology, 218(Pt 1), 140-149.

Teles, M.C., Almeida, O., Lopes, J.S. and Oliveira, R.F. 2015. Social interactions elicit rapid shifts in functional connectivity in the social decision-making network of zebrafish. Proceedings Royal Society B 282: 20151099.

Gonçalves, D., Costa, S. S., Teles, M. C., Silva, H., Inglês, M., Rui, F., & Gonc, D. (2014). Oestradiol and prostaglandin F2 α regulate sexual displays in females of a sex-role reversed fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20133070 .

Teles, M. C., Dahlbom, S. J., Winberg, S., & Oliveira, R. F. (2013). Social modulation of brainmonoamine levels in zebrafish. Behavioural Brain Research, 253, 17–24.

Teles, M. C., Sîrbulescu, R. F., Wellbrock, U. M., Oliveira, R. F., & Zupanc, G. K. H. (2012). Adult neurogenesis in the brain of the Mozambique tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus. Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 198(6), 427–49.

Simões, J. M., Teles, M. C., Oliveira, R. F., Van der Linden, A., & Verhoye, M. (2012).A three-dimensional stereotaxic MRI brain atlas of the cichlid fish Oreochromis mossambicus. PloS One, 7(9), e44086.

Gonçalves, D., Saraiva, J., Teles, M., Teodósio, R., Canário, A. V. M., & Oliveira, R. F. (2010). Brain aromatase mRNA expression in two populations of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo with divergent mating systems. Hormones and Behavior, 57(2), 155–161.

Gonçalves, D., Teles, M., Alpedrinha, J., & Oliveira, R. F. (2008). Brain and gonadal aromatase activity and steroid hormone levels in female and polymorphic males of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo. Hormones and Behavior, 54(5), 717–725.

Gonçalves, D., Alpedrinha, J., Teles, M., & Oliveira, R. F. (2007). Endocrine control of sexualbehavior in sneaker males of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo: effects of castration, aromatase inhibition, testosterone and estradiol. Hormones and Behavior, 51(3), 246–258.