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):
Hiura LC, Kelly AM, Ophir AG (2018) Age-specific and context-specific responses of the medial extended amygdala in the developing prairie vole. Developmental Neurobiology. 78, 1231-1245. [PMID: 30354021]
Kelly AM, Hiura LC, Ophir AG (2018) Rapid nonapeptide synthesis during a critical period of development in the prairie vole: Plasticity of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Brain Structure and Function. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-018-1640-2. [PMID: 29523998]
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.
|Ruth Witmer||2018 Summer, 2019 Summer|
|Oscar Liu||2017- 2018|
|Johnna Graham||2015-2017 (UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine)|
|Marcos Moreno (Udall Scholar)||2016-2017|
|Luisa Diaz Arias (CienciAmerica)||2016 (MD Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia)|
Vanessa at CUP 2019