zachary ghahramani

Zachary N. Ghahramani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 838-0794

Trani Life Science Building, 1000 W. Cary St., room 218a


  • Ph.D., Biology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
  • M.Phil., Biology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2015
  • M.S., Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010
  • B.S., Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007

Research Interests

  • Animal behavior
  • Bioacoustics
  • Systems neuroscience

Select Publications

  • Ghahramani, Z.N., Perelmuter, J.T., Varughese, J., Kyaw, P., Palmer, W.C., Sisneros, J.A., Forlano, P.M. (2022). Activation of noradrenergic locus coeruleus and social behavior network nuclei varies with duration of male midshipman advertisement calls. Behavioural Brain Research 423:113745.
  • Ghahramani, Z.N., Timothy, M., Varughese J., Sisneros, J.A., Forlano, P.M. (2018). Dopaminergic neurons are preferentially responsive to advertisement calls and co-active with social behavior network nuclei in sneaker male midshipman fish. Brain Research 1701:177-188.
  • Forlano, P.M., Licorish, R.R., Ghahramani, Z.N., Timothy, M., Ferarri, M., Palmer, W.C., Sisneros, J.A. (2017). Attention and motivated response to simulated male advertisement call activates forebrain dopaminergic and social decision-making network nuclei in female midshipman fish. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57(4):820-834.
  • Ghahramani, Z.N., Timothy, M., Kaur, G., Gorbonosov, M., Chernenko, A., Forlano, P.M. (2015). Catecholaminergic fiber innervation of the vocal motor system is intrasexually dimorphic in a teleost with alternative reproductive tactics. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 86:131-144.
  • Ghahramani, Z.N., Mohajer, Y.J., Fine, M.L. (2014). Developmental variation in sound production in water and air in the blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus. The Journal of Experimental Biology 217:4244-4251.
  • More publications from Zachary Ghahramani are available here.



  • BIOL 151: Introduction to Biological Sciences I
  • BIOL 209: Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 445: Neurobiology and Behavior