Prof. Dr. Maria Teresa Aguado Molina

Research lines

Biodiversity, systematics, evolution and development of marine invertebrates
Biodiversity science exhibition design


1999. BA in Biological Sciences. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Spain.
2000. MSc in Educational Sciences. UAM
2001. MSc in Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity. UAM
2008. PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity: Dissertation “Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Systematics of the Family Syllidae (Annelida, Polychaeta)”. UAM. Maximum qualification ¨Sobresaliente Cum Laude”.
2008. Honors award for the best doctorate thesis in 2008. UAM.
2012. Title: Expert in Innovative University Teaching. UAM
2013. Accreditation for full Professorship “Acreditación profesor titular, ANECA”. Equivalent to German habilitation. Spanish Gover¬nment.


Since 2022: Director of the Zoological Museum/ Biodiversity Museum of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

Since 2018: Curator of the Zoological Museum/ Biodiversity Museum of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

2014-2018 Associate Professor “Profesor Contratado Doctor”
Madrid, Spain Biology Department, Zoology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,

2008-2014 Assistant Professor “Profesor Ayudante Doctor”
Madrid, Spain Biology Department, Zoology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

2010-2013 Research Associate
New York, USA American Museum of Natural History of New York
Invertebrates Department.

2008-2009 José Castillejo Postdoctoral Fellowship
New York, US American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Invertebrates department.

2005-2008 Teaching Assistant “Ayudante”
Madrid, Spain Biology Department, Zoology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

2003-2005 Teaching Associate “Profesor Asociado”
Madrid, Spain Biology Department, Zoology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

2000-2005 High School Teacher in Biology. “Profesora educación secundaria”.
Madrid, Spain Ministerio de Ciencia y Educación, Spanish Government. “Funcionaria” Civil servant.


  • Sato, D. S., Nakamura, M., Aguado, M.T. & Miura, T. (2024). Secondary‐tail formation during stolonization in the Japanese green syllid, Megasyllis nipponica.Evolution & Development; e12477.
  • Yang, X., Aguado, M.T., Helm, C., Zhang, Z. and Bleidorn, C. (2024) New fossil of Gaoloufangchaeta advances the origin of Errantia (Annelida) to the early Cambrian. Royal Society Open Science, 11(4), p.231580.
  • Boilly, B., Hondermarck, H. & Aguado, M.T. (2024) Nerves and availability of mesodermal cells are essential for the function of the segment addition zone (SAZ) during segment regeneration in polychaete annelids. Development Genes and Evolution, pp.1-11.
  • Nakamura, M., Oguchi, K., Sato, D., Kato, S., Okanishi, M., Hayashi, Y., Aguado, M.T., Miura, T. (2023) Morphological, histological and gene-expression analyses on stolonization in the Japanese Green Syllid, Megasyllis nipponica (Annelida, Syllidae). Sci Rep 13, 19419.
  • Vicente-Hernandez, I., Armonies, W., Henze, K. & Aguado M.T. (2023) New insights into phylogenetic relationships of Rhabdocoela (Platyhelminthes) including members of Mariplanellida. BMC Zoology.
  • Cejp, B., Jimi, N. & Aguado M.T. (2023) Another piece for the syllid puzzle: A new species from Japan and its mitochondrial genome reveal the enigmatic Clavisyllis (Phyllodocida: Syllidae) as a member of Eusyllinae. Zootaxa, doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.5244.4.2
  • Engel N.,Aguado M.T. & Maraun M. (2023) Trophic ecology of three marine polychaete species: Evidence from laboratory experiments using stable isotope (15N, 13C), fatty acid (NLFA) analyses, and C and N stoichiometry. Marine Environmental Research 185,
  • Aguado MT,Ponz-Segrelles G, Glasby CJ, Ribeiro RP, Nakamura M, Oguchi K,Omori A, Kohtsuka H, Fischer C, Ise Y, Jimi N & Miura T (2022) Ramisyllis kingghidorahi n. sp., a new branching annelid from Japan. Org Divers Evol.
  • Cejp B, Ravara A & Aguado M.T. (2022) First mitochondrial genomes of Chrysopetalidae (Annelida) from shallow-water and deep-sea chemosynthetic environments. Gene 815, 146159,
  • Aguado M.T. 2022. Antonbruunidae Fauchald, 1977 Handbook of Zoology. Volume 4 Pleistoannelida, Errantia II. De Gruyter. 4, pp.394-399. ISSN 2193-4231, ISBN 9783110645316.
  • San Martín G, Aguado M.T. 2022. Syllidae, Grube, 1850 Handbook of Zoology. Volume 4 Pleistoannelida, Errantia II. De Gruyter. 4, pp.152-227. ISSN 2193-4231, ISBN 978-3-11-064531-6.
  • Ponz-Segrelles G, Ribeiro RP & Aguado MT (2021) Monsters reveal patterns: bifurcated annelids and their implications for the study of development and evolution. Biological reviews. doi: 10.1111/brv.12826
  • Passos Ribeiro R & Aguado MT (2021) Effects of GSK3β inhibition in the regeneration of Syllis malaquini (Syllidae, Annelida). Development Genes & Evolution,
  • Passos Ribeiro, R., Egger, B., Ponz-Segrelles, G. & Aguado, M.T. (2021) Cellular proliferation dynamics during regeneration in Syllis malaquini (Syllidae,Annelida). Frontiers in Zoology 18:27.
  • Ponz-Segrelles, G., Glasby, C.J., Helm, C., Beckers, P., Hammel, J.U., Passos Ribeiro, R. & Aguado, M.T. (2021) Integrative anatomical study of the branched annelid Ramisyllis multicaudata (Annelida, Syllidae). Journal of Morphology.
  • Martin, D., Aguado, M.T., Fernández Álamo, M.-A., Britayev, T.A., Böggemann, M., Capa, M., Faulwetter, S., Fukuda, M.V., Helm, C., Petti, M.A.V., et al. (2021) On the Diversity of Phyllodocida (Annelida: Errantia), with a Focus on Glyceridae, Goniadidae, Nephtyidae, Polynoidae, Sphaerodoridae, Syllidae, and the Holoplanktonic Families. Diversity 13, 131. /10.3390/d13030131. .
  • Ribeiro, R.P., G., Ponz-Segrelles, G., Helm, C., Egger, B.,Aguado, M.T. 2020. A new species of Syllis Grube, 1850 including transcriptomic data and an updated phylogeny of Syllidae (Annelida:Syllidae). Marine Biodiversity 50(3):31.
  • Ponz-Segrelles, G., Ribeiro, R.P., G., Bleidorn, C., Aguado, M.T. 2020. Sex-specific gene expression di¬fferences in reproducing Syllis prolifera and Nudisyllis pulligera (Annelida, Syllidae). Marine Genomics.
  • Dittman, I.L., Cuadrado, D.,Aguado, M.T., Egger, B. 2019. Polyclad Phylogeny persists to be proble¬matic. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 19: 585-608..
  • Ribeiro, R.P., Ponz-Segrelles, G., Bleidorn, C., Aguado, M.T. 2019. Comparative transcriptomics in Syllidae (Annelida) indicates that posterior regeneration and regular growth are comparable, while anterior regeneration is a distinct process. BMC Genomics 20(855)..
  • Aguado, M.T., Capa, M., Lago-Barcia, D., Gil, J., Pleijel, F., Nygern, A. 2019. Species delimitation in Amblyosyllis (Annelida, Syllidae). PLOS ONE 14(4): e0214211..
  • Miura, T., Oguchi,, K., Nakamura, M., Jimi, N., Miura, S., Hayashi, Y., Koshikawa, S., Aguado, M.T. 2019. Life Cycle of the Japanese Green Syllid, Megasyllis nipponica (Annelida: Syllidae): Field Collection and Establishment of Rearing System. Zoological Science 36(5):372..
  • Ravara, A., Aguado, M.T., Rodrigues, C.F., Genio, L., Cunha, M.R. 2019. Description of a new genus and species of Chrysopetalidae (Annelida:Polychaeta) from the NE Atlantic, with some further records of related species. European Journal of Taxonomy 539:1-21..
  • Ribeiro, R.P., Bleidorn, C., Aguado, M.T. 2018. Regeneration mechanism in Syllidae (Annelida). Regeneration, 5:26-42..
  • Brugler, M., Aguado, M.T., Tessler, M., Siddall, M. 2018. The transcriptome of the Bermuda fireworm Odontosyllis enopla (Annelida: Syllidae): A unique luciferase gene family and putative epitoky-related genes. PLoS ONE 13(8):e0200944..
  • Ponz-Segrelles, G., Bleidorn, C., Aguado, M.T. 2018. Expression of vasa, piwi, and nanos during gametogenesis in Typosyllis antoni (Annelida, Syllidae. Evolution & Development 20: 132-145..
  • Aguado, M.T., Ravara, A. 2018. Subfamilia Calamyzinae. In: Annelida, Polychaeta V, Fauna Ibérica, vol. 45. Ramos M.A. et al. (Eds.). Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. CSIC. Madrid: 110-120..
  • Capa, M.,Aguado, M.T., Bleidorn, C. 2018. Revisión sistemática actuali¬zada: cambios acontecidos entre 2001 y 2017. In: Annelida, Polychaeta V, Fauna Ibérica, vol. 45. Ramos M.A. et al. (Eds.). Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. CSIC. Madrid: 12-21..
  • Weidhase, M., Beckers, P., Bleidorn, C., Aguado, M.T. 2017. Nervous system regeneration in Typosyllis antoni (Annelida: Syllidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology 269.
  • Schroeder, P., Aguado, M.T., Malpartida, A., Glasby, C. 2017. New observations on reproduction in the branching polychaetes Ramisyllis multicaudata and Syllis ramosa (Annelida: Syllidae: Syllinae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 97(05): 1167-1175..
  • Aguado, M.T., Noreña, C., Alcaraz, L., Marquina, D., Brusa, F., Damborenea, C., Almón, B., Bleidorn, C., Grande, C. 2017. Phylogeny of Polycladida (Platyhelminthes) based on mtDNA data. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 17: 767–778..
  • Capa, M., Aguado, M.T., Bakken, T. 2016. Phylogenetic hypothesis of Sphaerodoridae Malmgren, 1867 (Annelida) and its position within Phyllodocida. Cladistics 32:335-350..
  • Weidhase, M., Beckers, P., Bleidorn, C.,Aguado, M.T. 2016. On the role of the proventricle region in reproduction and regeneration in Typosyllis antoni (Annelida: Syllidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16(1), p.196..
  • Aguado, M.T., Richter, S., Sontowski, R. Golombek, A. Struck, T.H., Bleidorn, C. 2016. Syllidae mitochondrial gene order is unusually variable for Annelida. Gene. 594 -1, pp. 89 - 96. .
  • Aguado, M.T. 2016. Family Antonbruunidae. Phyllodocida: Nereidiformia. In: Handbook of Zoology, Annelida. De Gruyter (Eds.). Germany..
  • Aguado, M.T., Helm, C., Weidhase, M. & Bleidorn, C. 2015. Description of a new syllid species as a model for evolutionary research of reproduction and regeneration in annelids. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 15,1-21..
  • Aguado, M.T. & Glasby, C. 2015. Indo-pacific Syllidae share an evolutionary history. Systematics and Biodiversity, 13, 369-385..
  • Aguado, M.T., Murray, A. & Hutchings, P. 2015. Syllidae (Annelida, Phyllodocida) from Lizard Island (Queensland, Australia). Zootaxa, 4019 - 1, 35 - 60..
  • Marquina, D., Aguado, M.T. & Noreña, C. 2015. New records of Cotylea (Polycladida, Platyhelmin¬thes) and one new species from Lizard Island (Australia), with remarks on the distribution of the Pseudoceros Lang 1884 and Pseudobiceros Faubel, 1984 species of the Indo-Pacific Marine Region. Zootaxa, 4019 - 1, 354 - 377..
  • Aguado, M.T., Nygren, A., Rouse, G. 2015. Diagnosis of Disponetinae. Cladistics, 32:219-220..
  • Aguado, M.T., Grande, C., Gerth, M., Bleidorn, C. & Noreña, C. 2015. Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genomes from Polycladida (Platyhelminthes) using next-generation sequencing. Gene. 575(2P1), 199 - 205. .
  • Aguado, M.T., Glasby, C., Schroeder, P., Weigert, A., Bleidorn, C. 2015. The making of a branching annelid: an analysis of complete mitochondrial genome and ribosomal data of Ramisyllis multicaudata. Scientific reports: srep12072..
  • Bleidorn, C., Helm, C., Weigert, A., Aguado, M.T. 2015. Annelida. In: A. Wanninger, A. (Ed.) Evolu¬tionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates. Springer, Germany..