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Rui Oliveira
Rui Oliveira

General Information

Academic Category: 
Professor Catedrático
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Integrative Behavioural Biology Group at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Qualificações Académicas

Agregação, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal (2004)

Doutoramento em Biologia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (1996)

Interesses de Investigação

Principal Investigator at the Gulbenkian Science Institute 2012 (IGC, Oeiras) and Adjunct Faculty of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program 2007 (CNP, Lisboa). Key qualifications in the field of Animal Behaviour and Cognition, Neuroendocrinology and Genomics. During the last years he has been involved in research within the field of behavioural neuroendocrinology and behavioural genomics. Main fields of interests are (1) the neuroendocrinology and genomics of social behaviour, (2) the evolution and mechanisms underlying behavioural plasticity (including alternative mating tactics), and (3) comparative social cognition. He leads a research group of 4 post-docs, 5 Ph.D. students, 1 lab technician and variable numbers of M.Sc. and undergraduate students. He has experience in teaching (Neuroscience and Behaviour courses to Psychology undergraduate and Master students and advanced Neuroscience and Behaviour topics for the Gulbenkian and Champalimaud Ph.D. Programmes), supervising, refereeing and evaluation of scientific research (e.g. member of the European Research Council experts panel for the evaluation of research proposals, ad-hoc reviewer for HHMI, NSF and NIH Programs). He is the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in Psychobiology and Dean at ISPA. He is the past President of the Portuguese Ethological Society (SPE) and is currently the president of the Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN). He was the founder Chief-Editor of the journal Acta Ethologica (Springer-Verlag), and served as Associate Editor of the journals Hormones and Behavior, and Animal Behaviour (Elsevier), and as Guest Editor for a thematic issue at Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Scientific Reports (Nature-Springer) and Social Neuroscience (Taylor & Francis). He has published over 190 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and edited 2 books.

Principais Publicações

1. Wircer E., Blechman J., Borodovsky N., Tsoory M., Nunes A.R., Oliveira R.F., Levkowitz G. 2017. Homeodomain protein Otp affects developmental neuropeptide switching in oxytocin neurons associated with a long-term effect on social behavior. eLife 6: e22170.

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

3. 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 USA 113: E654-661.

4. 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.

5. Taborsky, B. and Oliveira, R.F. 2012. Social competence: an evolutionary approach. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 679-688.

6. Soares, M.C., Oliveira, R.F., Ros, A.F.H., Grutter, A.S. and Bshary, R. 2011. Tactile stimulation lowers stress in fish. Nature Communications 2: 534.

7. Soares, M.C., Bshary, R., Fusani, L., Goymann, W., Hau, M., Hirschenhauser K. and Oliveira, R.F. 2010. Hormonal mechanisms of cooperative behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365: 2737-2750.

8. Antunes, R.A. and Oliveira, R.F. 2009. Hormonal anticipation of territorial challenges in cichlid fish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 15985-15989.

9. Oliveira, R.F., Carneiro, L.A. and Canário, A.V.M. 2005. No hormonal response in tied fights. Nature 437: 207-208.

10. Oliveira, R.F., Lopes, M., Carneiro, L.A. and Canário, A.V.M. 2001. Watching fights raises fish hormone levels. Nature 409: 475.