Zachary Ghahramani

Zachary N. Ghahramani, Ph.D.

Job title: Instructor
Affiliation: Department of Biology

Ghahramani's research interests are in behavioral neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, neuropharmacology and innovative pedagogical approaches to scientific education.

Zachary N. Ghahramani, Ph.D., completed his doctorate in biology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2017, where he worked under the mentorship of Paul M. Forlano at CUNY Brooklyn College. Original research articles based on his dissertation entitled “Distribution and activation of catecholaminergic neurons in the brain of male plainfin midshipman fish: Divergence in behavior and reproductive phenotype” have been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journals Brain, Behavior and Evolution (2015) and Brain Research (2018).

In addition to research interests pertaining to behavioral neuroendocrinology, neuroethology (the study of the neural basis of natural behavior in animals) and neuropharmacology, Ghahramani is also interested in unique and innovative pedagogical approaches to scientific education.

Prior to joining VCU, he taught interdisciplinary undergraduate neuroscience courses at Virginia Union University and Brooklyn College. He also earned both a B.S. and M.Sc. in biology from VCU in 2007 and 2010, respectively.