Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty Maryam Bamshad

E-mail address: maryam.bamshad-alavi@lehman.cuny.edu
Phone Number: 718-960-8646
Office: Davis Hall 134 (Lab: Davis Hall 024, 718-960-2211)
Rank: Associate Professor/Undergraduate Adviser
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Univ. of Mass.

Research

My research focuses on the neural basis of social behaviors, understanding how neuroendocrine factors regulate bonding between parents and infants, and how bonding impacts brain activity. Shortly after birth, parents and their newborns develop a bond that affects the survival of the infants and impacts their long-term social and psychological well-being. Parental bonding in social animals does not occur spontaneously. Instead, parental bonding is a process that is regulated by the brain and is influenced by neuroendocrine factors. We know that mothers undergo behavioral changes associated with bonding, such as altered perception of infant cues, changes in levels of attentiveness, and increased boldness. We do not know whether fathers undergo similar changes. Humans and other social mammals bond with members of a social group in order to stabilize social networks, reduce stress, and to comfort themselves. Understanding the neurobiology of parental bonding will assist us in managing debilitating conditions that result from the breakdown of social bonds, as is the case in autism.

Publications

  • Terleph, T.A., Jean Baptiste, N., and Bamshad, M. (2004). Mechanisms and time course for induction of paternal behaviour in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaste). J. Mamm. 85:1124-1129.
  • Yamoah, D., Williams-Baginski, K., and Bamshad, M. (2008). Changes in response to odors during the reproductive period in male and female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Can. J. Zool., 86 (3), pp- 224-230.
  • Terleph, T.A., Jean-Baptiste, N., and Bamshad, M. (2008). Factors influencing the maintenance of paternal responsiveness in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Ethology., 114, pp-1239-1246
  • Simoncelli, L.A., Delevan, C. J., Al-Naimi, O.A.S., and Bamshad, M. (2010). Female tactile cues maximize paternal behavior in prairie voles. J. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64:865-873.
  • Parker, J. T., Rodriguez, N., Lawal, B., Delevan, C. J., Bamshad, M. (2011). Mating increases male’s interest in other females: A cognitive study in socially monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behavioural Processes, 88, 127-134.

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