Cátia Teixeira, Ph.D.

Catia Teixeira

Cátia Teixeira, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Emotional Brain Institute

Catia M. Teixeira received her BS in Biology from the Universidade de Evora in 2003 (Portugal). Following that, she attended the Graduate Program in Basic and Applied Biology at the Universidade do Porto (Portugal). As part of the G.A.B.B.A. PhD program, she conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frankland (UofT, Canada) where she studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory formation. She earned her PhD in 2007. Dr. Teixeira then joined the laboratory of Dr. Eduardo Soriano in Barcelona where she studied how dysregulation of genes involved in neuronal development affect adult behavior. She continued her post-doctoral training at Columbia University with Dr. Mark Ansorge where her studies and research focused on the developmental critical periods during which exposure to commonly prescribed/abused drugs affect adult-behavior. In 2015, she joined the Nathan Kline Institute as a Research Scientist. 

  • R01 HD110541: Role of PFC Activity in the Behavioral Deficits Induced by Maternal Separation
  • R01 HD095966: Modulation of serotonin levels during development produce long-lasting changes in dopaminergic function.
  • R03 HD094978: Maternal presence modulation of pups’ brain activity via the serotonergic system.

Select Publications

  • Menezes EC, Geiger H, Abreu FF, Rachmany L, Wilson DA, Alldred MJ, Castellanos FX, Fu R, Sargin D, Corvelo A, Teixeira CM. Early-life prefrontal cortex inhibition and early-life stress lead to long-lasting behavioral, transcriptional, and physiological impairments. Mol Psychiatry. 2024 Mar 14. doi: 10.1038/s41380-024-02499-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38486048.
  • Menezes EC, Shah R, Laughlin L, Vinod KY, Smiley JF, Cunha C, Balla A, Sershen H, Castellanos FX, Corvelo A, Teixeira CM. Reduced Motivation in Perinatal Fluoxetine-Treated Mice: A Hypodopaminergic Phenotype. J Neurosci. 2021 Mar 24;41(12):2723-2732. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2608-20.2021. Epub 2021 Feb 3. PubMed PMID: 33536200; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8018732.
  • Cunha C, Smiley JF, Chuhma N, Shah R, Bleiwas C, Menezes EC, Seal RP, Edwards RH, Rayport S, Ansorge MS, Castellanos FX, Teixeira CM. Perinatal interference with the serotonergic system affects VTA function in the adult via glutamate co-transmission. Mol Psychiatry. 2021 Sep;26(9):4795-4812. doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-0763-z. Epub 2020 May 12. PubMed PMID: 32398719; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7657958.
  • Courtiol E, Menezes EC, Teixeira CM. Serotonergic regulation of the dopaminergic system: Implications for reward-related functions. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2021 Sep;128:282-293. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.06.022. Epub 2021 Jun 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 34139249; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8335358.
  • Courtiol E, Wilson DA, Shah R, Sullivan RM, Teixeira CM. Maternal Regulation of Pups’ Cortical Activity: Role of Serotonergic Signaling. eNeuro. 2018 Jul 31;5(4). eCollection 2018 Jul-Aug. PMID: 30073196.