Aras Petrulis, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am originally from Toronto, Canada but have spent most of my adult life in the US. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and my Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University where I worked in the lab of Dr. Bob Johnston (now deceased). My dissertation work focused on understanding the neural systems underlying individual and sexual odor recognition in female Syrian hamsters. Following up on my interest in understanding social memory formation, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Howard Eichenbaum at Boston University as a post-doctoral research associate. In his lab I learned how to do electrophysiological recordings in awake, behaving rodents and have since applied this technique to questions of social odor representation in the brain in my own laboratory. In 2002 I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University. I am now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, following the founding of the Neuroscience Institute here at GSU. When I am not engaged in the daily struggles of academic science, I read history books and ruminate about how I might get back into fencing.

“In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.”

Louis Pasteur