BA (2014), Reed College
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Social reinforcement, neurobiology of selective affiliation and prosocial behaviors
I am interested in investigating how environmental variables and neurochemical mechanisms interact to give rise to prosocial behavior. In particular, I am interested in seeing how variation in social experiences during development may impact adult phenotypes of mate choice and bonding behaviors, and how these experiences may be influenced by or impart changes upon oxytocin and vasopressin expression. I aim to accomplish this task by developing behavioral paradigms that better assess the ecologically relevant variables that may contribute to differences in observed social behaviors among prairie voles.
Papers (from the lab):
Kelly AM, Hiura LC, Saunders AG, Ophir AG. (2017) Oxytocin neurons exhibit extensive functional plasticity due to offspring age in mothers and fathers. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 57, 603-618.
|Oscar Liu||2017- 2018|
|Johnna Graham||2015-2017 (RA Cornell Vet School)|
|Marcos Moreno (Udall Scholar)||2016-2017|
|Luisa Diaz Arias (CienciAmerica)||2016 (MD Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia)|
|Weisi Chen||2015 (Graduated)|