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Department of Biology

Faculty Maryam Bamshad



Faculty Maryam Bamshad E-mail address:
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.


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.


  • Bamshad, M., and M.A. Novak (1992). Interactions of mothers with partners of different sexes in meadow voles and prairie voles. J. Mamm. 73:303-311.
  • Bamshad, M., M.A. Novak, and G.J. De Vries (1993). Sex and species differences in the vasopressin innervation of sexually naive and parental prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster, and meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus. J. Neuroendocrinol. 5:247-255.
  • Bamshad, M., M.A. Novak, and G.J. De Vries (1994). Cohabitation with a female affects pattern of vasopressin innervation and paternal care in male prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster. Physiol. Behav. 56:751-758.
  • Bamshad, M., and H.E. Albers (1996). The neural circuitry controlling vasopressin stimulated scent marking in the Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). J. Comp. Neurol. 369:252-263.
  • Bamshad, M., T.T. Cooper, M. Karom, and H.E. Albers (1996). Glutamate and vasopressin interact to control scent marking in Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Brain Res. 731:213-216.
  • Bamshad, M., M. Karom, P. Pallier, and H.E. Albers (1996). Role of the central amygdala in social communication in Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Brain Res. 744:15-22.
  • Bamshad, M., V.T. Aoki, G. Adkison, W.S. Warren, and T.J. Bartness (1998). Central nervous system origins of the sympathetic nervous system outflow to white adipose tissue. Am. J. Physiol. 275:R291-9.
  • Bartness, T.J., and M. Bamshad (1998) Innervation of mammalian white adipose tissue: Implications for the regulation of total body fat. Am. J. Physiol. 275:R399-411.
  • Albers, H.E., and M. Bamshad (1998) Role of vasopressin and oxytocin in the control of social behavior in Syrian hamsters. Prog Brain Res. 119:395-408.
  • Bamshad, M., C.K. Song, and T.J. Bartness (1999). CNS origins of the sympathetic nervous system outflow to brown adipose tissue. Am. J. Physiol. 276:R1569-78.
  • Terleph, T.A., N. Jean Baptiste, and M. Bamshad (2004). Mechanisms and time course for induction of paternal behaviour in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Journal of Mamm. 85:1124-1129.
  • Yamoah, D., K. Williams-Baginski, and M. Bamshad (2008). Changes in Response to Odors during the Reproductive Period Differ by Sex in Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Can. J. of Zool., 86 (3): 224-230.
  • Jean-Baptiste, N., T.A. Terleph, and M. Bamshad (2008). Changes in paternal responsiveness of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) in response to olfactory cues and continuous physical contact with a female, Ethology, 114:1239-1246.
  • Simoncelli, L.A., C.J. Delevan, O.A.S. Al-Naimi, and M. Bamshad (2010). Female tactile cues maximize paternal behavior in prairie voles. J. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64:865-873.
  • Bamshad, M., G. R. Foster, and P. G. Kreuzer (2010). Can computer technology improve the quality of science education at urban universities? On-Line HETS Ed. J. (a peer-reviewed journal in educational technology) published at
  • Bamshad, M., A. Alexander-Street, C. Allen, and V. Harper (2011). Anatomy and physiology laboratory manual for Bio 181/182. John Wiley & Sons. Inc. Pages 1-299.
  • Parker, J. T., N. Rodriguez, B. Lawal, C. J. Delevan, and M. Bamshad (2011). Mating increases male’s interest in other females: A cognitive study in socially monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behav. Proc., 88: 127-134.
  • Lang Yamoah, D. L., W. Laryea, F. Fassil, and M. Bamshad, (2013). Do females influence paternal responsiveness in male prairie voles Microtus ochrogaster by increasing the salience of infant odors? Curr. Zool., 59 (3): 317-325.
  • Rodriguez, N. A., K. M. Legzim, F. Aliou, O. A. S. Al-Naimi, and M. Bamshad (2013). Does mating prevent monogamous males from seeking other females? A study in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behav. Proc., 100: 185-191.
  • Meyer, R.S., M. Bamshad, D. Q. Fuller, and A. Litt (2014). Comparing medicinal uses of eggplant and related Solanaceae in China, India, and the Philippines suggests independent development of uses, cultural diffusion, and recent species substitutions. Economic Botany. 68:137-152.
  • Delevan, C. J., N. A. Rodriguez, K. M. Legzim, F. Alioua, J. T. Parker, and M. Bamshad (2017) Physical separation from the mate diminishes male’s attentiveness towards other females: A study in Monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Curr. Zool. 63: 537-544.
  • Al-Naimi, O. A. S., Delvalle, J. R., Carryl, S. S., Rodriguez, N. A., Aliou, F., Cambi, M., Bamshad, M. (2018) Socio-ecological disruptions at critical periods during development alter stress responses and hippocampal dendritic morphology of Prairie voles: Implications for social monogamy. Front. Ecol. Evol. (Published at:


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