Jesus Madrid

Postdoc, Cornell University

PhD (2018), Stanford University

BA (20012) Columbia University



Research Interests: Developmental plasticity, social perception, oxytocin, vasopressin, social behavior, mating strategies

Specific Interests:

Social interactions require behavioral specializations (e.g., conspecific recognition, social signaling, formation of bonds…etc.) which are enabled by the evolution of specific neurobiological mechanisms. My research uses an ethological framework to study how neurobiological function is related to variation in social behaviors in mammals.

My research in the Ophir lab focuses on how the early social environment contributes to later mating strategies. More specifically, I am asking whether differences in vasopressin receptors underlie this developmental relationship.

This project builds on my previous dissertation work, where I identified factors contributing to the development of individual differences in social behavior in the rhesus macaque. More specifically I investigated whether infant carriers of a 5-HTTLPR genotype associated with susceptibility to adverse rearing, are responsive to enhanced maternal care. Additionally, I tested the relationships between markers of oxytocin and vasopressin function, differences in the perception of socially-relevant stimuli, and variation in sociality.


Papers (from the lab):

Madrid JE, Parker KJ, Ophir AG (2020) Variation, plasticity, and alternative mating tactics: Revisiting what we know about the socially monogamous prairie vole. Advances in the Study of Behavior. 52, 203-242.


Undergrads Date Joined
Travis Covitz 2019-Present
Johanna Bergstrom 2019-Present
Molly Smullen 2019
Mary Stravinsky 2019
Darcie Ulvi 2019