Thomas Terleph, Ph.D.

Thomas Terleph, Ph.D.

Co-Advisor Pre Health/Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Animal Behavior and Neuroscience

Degrees and Certifications

    • B.A. Columbia University, 1994
    • Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2002
    • Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate Rutgers University, 2003-2006
    • Scientist in Residence/Postdoctoral Position Lehman College, CUNY 2001-2003

Teaching Responsibilities

    • BI 111/113, 112/114 Concepts in Biology
    • FYBI125 Freshman Seminar: Mystery of Human Consciousness
    • BI 190/191 Seminar on the Health Professions
    • BI201 Organisms to Populations
    • BI 205 Essentials of Neuroscience
    • BI 255 Animal Behavior
    • BI 305 Behavioral Neurobiology
    • BI 345 Neurobiology
    • BI390 Student Research
    • BI399 Senior Seminar

Research Interests & Grants

    Dr. Terleph works in the areas of animal behavior and behavioral neuroscience, conducting research in both the lab and field. Most of Dr. Terleph's work involves the study of animal vocal communication. He has investigated calls and songs, and their neural correlates, in a number of species from birds to mammals. Students in Dr. Terleph's lab have participated in projects that include investigations of the ultrasonic vocalizations of monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and the recording and analysis of songs from the White handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar). He maintains a colony of prairie voles in his lab, and has recently begun a project that involves the recording and analysis of vocalizations from a free living population of gibbons in Thailand.

Publications and Presentations

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    Terleph, T. A. (2011).  A comparison of prairie vole audible and ultrasonic pup vocalizations and the time course of attraction to them by mated adults of each sex. Behaviour 148(11-13): 1275-1294.

    Jeong,  J., Terleph, T.A., Guo, K. and Pinaud, R. (2011). The Expression and Rapid Experience-Dependent Regulation of Type-A GABAergic Receptors in the Songbird Auditory Forebrain. Developmental Neurobiology 71(10): 803-17.

    Terleph, T. A. and Pinaud, R. (2010). Neural coding of temporal information and its topography in the auditory cortex. Clipboard article, Journal of Biosciences35(4): 499-500.

    Tremere, L. A., Terleph, T. A., Jeong, J.K. and Pinaud, R. (2010). Bilateral Multi-Electrode Neurophysiological Recordings Coupled to Local Pharmacology in Awake Songbirds. Nature Protocols. 5: 191-200.

    Terleph, T. A., Lu, K. and Vicario, D. S. (2008). Response Properties of the Caudal Telencephalon in Songbirds Differ as a Function of Recent Experience and Season. PLoS ONE 3 (8), e2854 pp. 1-8.

    Jean-Baptiste, N, Terleph, T.A. and Bamshad, M. (2008). Changes in Paternal Responsiveness of Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster) in Response to Olfactory Cues and Continuous Physical Contact with a Female. Ethology 114 (12), pp. 1239-1246.

    Pinaud, R., Terleph, T.A., Wynne, R.D., and Tremere, L.A.(2008). Neural Correlates of Auditory Processing, Learning and Memory Formation in Songbirds. Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement No. 173, pp. 270-282.

    Pinaud, R., Terleph, T. A., Tremere, L. A., Phan, M. L., Dagostin, A. A., Leão, R. M., Mello, C.V., and Vicario, D.S. (2008). Inhibitory Network Interactions Shape the Auditory Processing of Natural Communication Signals in the Songbird Auditory Forebrain. Journal of Neurophysiology 100 (1), pp. 441-455.

    Pinaud, R. and Terleph, T. A. (2008). A Songbird Forebrain Area Potentially Involved in Auditory Discrimination and Memory Formation. Journal of Biosciences 33 (1), pp. 145-155.

    Terleph, T. A., Mello, C. V., and Vicario, D. S. (2007). Species differences in auditory processing dynamics in songbird auditory telencephalon. Developmental Neurobiology 67 (11), pp. 1498-1510.

    Terleph, T. A., Mello, C. V., and Vicario, D. S. (2006). Auditory topographyand temporal response dynamics of canary caudal telencephalon. Journal of Neurobiology 66 (3), pp. 281-292.

    Terleph, T. A., Klein, R. G., Roberson-Nay, R., Mannuzza, S., Moulton, J. L., Woldehawariat, G., Guardino, M., and Pine, D. S. (2006). Stress-responsivity and HPA-axis activity in juveniles: results from a home-based CO2-inhalation study. American Journal of Psychiatry 163 (4) pp. 738-740.

    Terleph, T. A. and Tremere, L. A. (2006). The use of immediate early genes as mapping tools for neuronal activation: concepts and methods. Chapter 1 in: Immediate Early Genes in Sensory Processing, Cognitive Performance and Neurological Disorders. R. Pinaud and L.A. Tremere (Eds.) Springer-Verlag: New York.

    Pinaud, R., Terleph, T. A., Currie, R. W., and Tremere, L. A. (2006). Regulation of immediate early genes in the visual cortex. Chapter 2 in: Immediate Early Genes in Sensory Processing, Cognitive Performance and Neurological Disorders. R. Pinaud and L.A. Tremere (Eds.) Springer-Verlag: New York.

    Pinaud, R., Terleph, T. A. and Tremere, L. A. (2005). Neuromodulatory transmitters in sensory processing and plasticity in the primary visual cortex. Chapter 7 in: Plasticity in the Visual System: from Genes to Circuits. Pinaud, R. Tremere, L.A. and De Weerd, P. (Eds.). Springer Kluwer Academic Publishers: Norwell, MA. pp. 127-151.

    Terleph, T. A., Jean Baptiste, N., and Bamshad, M. (2004). Mechanisms and time course for induction of paternal behavior in prairie voles (Microtus Ochrogaster), a monogamous species. Journal of Mammalogy 85 (6), pp. 1124-1129.

    Terleph, T. A. (2004). The function of agonistic display behaviours in Gnathonemus petersii. Journal of Fish Biology 64 (5), pp. 1373-1385.

    Terleph, T. A. and Moller, P. (2003). Effects of social interaction on the electric organ discharge in a mormyrid fish, Gnathonemus petersii (Mormyridae, Teleostei). Journal of Experimental Biology 206, pp. 2355-2362.

    Terleph, T. A. (2000). Resisting Biology: The Unpopularity of a gene’s eye view. In Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Reproductive Behavior. LeCroy, D. and Moller, P. (Eds.). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 907. pp. 212-217.

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