B.S. Psychology; Arizona State University, 1991
Ph.D. Psychology; Cornell University, 1998
Aras Petrulis was born in Toronto, Canada but then subsequently relocated to Phoenix, Arizona for high school and college. While attending Arizona State University as a Biology major, he took a course in physiological psychology that ignited his passion for neuroscience. Dr. Petrulis graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and attended Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1998 working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert E. Johnston (supported in part by a pre-doctoral Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award). After graduation, Dr. Petrulis was a post-doctoral research associate at Boston University in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Eichenbaum (supported by a post-doctoral Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award). In 2002, Dr. Petrulis joined the Department of Psychology faculty at GSU and is currently an Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and in the Department of Psychology.
Maras, P. & Petrulis, A. (2006) Chemosensory and steroid-responsive regions of the medial amygdala regulate distinct aspects of opposite-sex odor preference in male Syrian hamsters. European Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 3541-3552.
Martinez, L. A. & Petrulis, A. (2011) The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis is critical for sexual solicitation, but not for opposite-sex odor preference, in female Syrian hamsters. Hormones and Behavior, 60(5), 651-9.
Been, L.E. & Petrulis, A. (2012) Dissociated functional pathways for appetitive and consummatory reproductive behaviors in male Syrian hamsters. Hormones and Behavior, 61(2), 204-11.
Martinez, L.A., Levy, M.J. & Petrulis, A. (2013) Endogenous oxytocin is necessary for preferential Fos expression to male odors in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in female Syrian hamsters. Hormones and Behavior, 64(4), 653–664.
Petrulis, A. (2013) Chemosignals, hormones and mammalian reproduction. Hormones and Behavior, 63(5), 723-741