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Walter Wilczynski

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BS Psychology/BA Biology, Lehigh University, 1974
PhD Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 1978
Postdoc: Section of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, 1979-1983


Social Neuroscience
Behavioral Endocrinology


Walter Wilczynski was born in Trenton, N.J. He attended Lehigh University as an undergraduate, where his growing interest in the biological basis of behavior led him to pursue a joint Psychology/Biology major. Upon graduating he entered the newly formed interdepartmental Neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Michigan, where he completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Glenn Northcutt. His postdoctoral work in the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Capranica was supported by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and a NIH National Research Service Award. Working at Cornell instilled an appreciation for an integrative, neuroethological approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships, which remains the foundation for his research into the neural and endocrine systems underlying animal communication and social behavior. Dr. Wilczynski started as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, maintaining joint appointments in the Department of Zoology’s Section of Neurobiology and Section of Integrative Biology. While at the University of Texas he helped form its Institute for Neuroscience and interdisciplinary neuroscience doctoral program. He came to Georgia State University in 2005 as a professor in the Psychology Department to be part of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and continues to be the CBN’s Co-director for Research. He was the first Director of GSU’s Neuroscience Institute upon its formation in 2008. Dr. Wilczynski has held numerous service positions, including Program Director for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Science Foundation and editor of the journal Brain, Behavior and Evolution, and currently serves as the Director for an NSF funded Research Coordination Network in the Genetics and Genomics of Social Behavior. He is the author of over 125 publications and has held numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. His research continues to be multidisciplinary, using combinations of neuroanatomical, neuroendocrinological, neurophysiological, and behavioral techniques to gain a more complete understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying social behavior and its evolution.


Representative Publications:

1. Gall, M. D., and W. Wilczynski (2014) Prior experience with conspecific signals enhances auditory midbrain responsiveness to conspecific vocalizations. J. Exp. Biol., 217: 1977-1982.

2. Lutterschmidt, D. I., and W. Wilczynski (2012) Sexually dimorphic effects of melatonin on brain arginine vasotocin immunoreactivity in Green Treefrogs (Hyla cinerea). Brain Behav. Evol., 80:222–232.

3. Almli, L. M., and W. Wilczynski (2012) Socially modulated cell proliferation is independent of gonadal steroid hormones in the brain of the adult green treefrog (Hyla cinerea). Brain Behav. Evol., 79:170–180.

4. Wilczynski W., and M.J. Ryan (2010) The behavioral neuroscience of anuran social signal processing. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol, 20:754–763.

5. Miranda, J.A., and W. Wilczynski (2009) Sex differences and androgen influences on midbrain auditory thresholds in the green treefrog, Hyla cinerea. Hearing Res., 252: 79–88.

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