George S. Prounis

George Science

Current Position: Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley

PhD (2018), Cornell University (2011-2018)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – two time Honorable Mention

BS (2011), SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry




Research Interests:

Developmental neuroethology, oxytocin and vasopressin, cognitive ecology

Specific Interests:

I explore the influences of early life socio-spatial environments on behavioral and neural development in the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Specifically, I investigate the relationships between early experience, development and plasticity of nonapeptide (oxytocin and vasopressin) receptor systems, and socio-behavioral outcomes.


Papers (from the lab):

Prounis GS, Ophir AG (2020) One cranium, two brains not yet introduced: Distinct but complementary views of the social brain. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 108, 231-245.

Prounis GS, Ophir AG (2019) The impact of perinatal and juvenile social environments on the effects of chronic intranasal oxytocin in the prairie vole. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 213, 206.

Prounis GS, Thomas K, Ophir AG (2018) Developmental trajectories and influences of environmental complexity on oxytocin receptor and vasopressin 1a receptor expression in male and female prairie voles. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 526, 1820-1842

Prounis GS, Foley L, Rehman A, Ophir AG (2015) Perinatal and juvenile social environments interact to shape cognitive behavior and neural phenotype in prairie voles. Proceeding of the Royal Society B. 282, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2236.

Ophir AG, Sorochman G, Evans BL & Prounis GS (2013) Stability and dynamics of forebrain V1aR and OTR during pregnancy in prairie voles. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 25, 1-10.


Undergrads Date Joined
Alice Zhao 2017-2018
Chryssanthi Barris 2017
Allison Nolan 2016-2018
Jeanne Powell 2016-2017 (Honors, NIH IRTA)
Alyssa Phelps (Read this) 2014-2016 (RA Boston Univ)
Kasey Han 2015
Jackie Frandolig 2014-2015 (Graduated)
Kelsey Sheronas 2015-2015 (Graduated)
Eileen Chun 2014-2015 (PhD Florida State Univ)
David Bros 2014-2015
Iris Sydney 2013-2015 (Graduated)
Abby Holovach 2012-2013 (Graduated)
Kyle Thomas 2012-2013 (Graduated)
Lindsay Howard 2011-2012 (DO Oklahoma State Univ)


Congratulations to George – 2018!

George presenting at SBN, 2016

George and Long-tailed vole

Trapping small mammals!

George presenting at SBN, 2015


George presenting at SfN, 2013

Kyle presenting his research, 2012

2015 SBN George

George presenting at SBN, 2012