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Geert de Vries

Professor    Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development    

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine, '85-'87
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam, School of Medicine, '85,
Doktoraal, Neurobiology / Biochemistry, Free University, Amsterdam, '80
Kandidaats, Medical Biology, Free University, Amsterdam, '76


Behavioral Neuroscience
Developmental Neurobiology
Microbiota Brain Interactions


Ever since discovering major sex differences in the vasopressin innervation of the brain as a graduate student, De Vries has studied the development and function of sex differences in the brain. This culminated in him proposing the idea that such differences can cause as well as prevent sex differences in physiology and behavior. At GSU, he is taking full advantage of the multidisciplinary and collaborative culture provided by the Petit Science Center and currently studies interactions between the gut microbiota and the brain. His research has been consistently funded by NSF and NIH.

De Vries joined GSU in 2012, leaving a long-standing position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass). At UMass, he directed the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies and an NIH-funded Training Program in Neuroendocrinology. He is a founding member and Past President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and Past President of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. He served on several scientific NIH and NSF grant review panels, on editorial boards of Endocrinology and Hormones and Behavior, and on the advisory boards of Canada’s Institute of Gender and Health and NIH’s Office on Women’s Health Research.


Representative Publications
Paul MJ, Peters NV, Holder MK, Kim AM, Whylings J, Terranova JI, De Vries GJ. 2016. Atypical social development in vasopressin-deficient Brattleboro rats. eNeuro 0150-15.

Tannenbaum C, Schwarz JM, Clayton JA, de Vries GJ, Sullivan C. 2016. Evaluating sex as a biological variable in preclinical research: the devil in the details Biology of Sex Differences 7.13

De Vries GJ, Forger NG. 2015. Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective. Biology of Sex Differences 6.15

Klein SL, Schiebinger L, Stefanick ML, Cahill L, Danska JS, de Vries GJ, Kibbe MR, McCarthy MM, Mogil JS, Woodruff TK, Zucker I. 2015. Opinion: Sex inclusion in basic research drives discovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA112: 5257-5258

Ghahramani NM, Ngun TC, Chen P.-Y, Tian Y, Krishnan S, Muir S, Rubbi L, Arnold AP, De Vries GJ, Forger NG, Pellegrini M, Vilain E. 2014. The effects of perinatal testosterone exposure on the brain DNA methylome of the mouse brain are late-emerging. Biology of Sex Differences 5:8

Paul MJ, Terranova JI, Probst CK, Ismail NI, De Vries GJ. 2014. Sexually dimorphic role for vasopressin in the development of social play. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8: 58.

Veenema AH, Bredewold R, De Vries GJ. 2013. Sex-specific modulation of juvenile social play by vasopressin. Psychoneuroendocrinology 38: 2554-2561.

Rood BD, Stott RT, You S, Smith CJ, Woodbury ME, de Vries GJ. 2013. Site of origin of and sex differences in the vasopressin innervation of the mouse (Mus musculus) brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology 521: 2321-2358.

Taylor PV, Veenema AH, Paul MJ, Bredewold R, Isaacs S, De Vries GJ. 2012. Sexually dimorphic effects of a prenatal immune challenge on social play and vasopressin expression in juvenile rats. Biology of Sex Differences 3.15

McCarthy MM, Arnold AP, Ball GF, Blaustein JD, De Vries GJ 2012. Sex Differences in the Brain: The Not So Inconvenient Truth. Journal of Neuroscience 32: 2241-2247.

De Vries GJ, Södersten P. 2009. Sex differences in the brain: The relation between structure and function. Hormones and Behavior 55: 589-596.

De Vries GJ, Panzica GC. 2006. Sexual differentiation of central vasopressin and vasotocin systems in vertebrates: different mechanisms, similar endpoints. Neuroscience 138: 947-955.

De Vries GJ. 2004. Sex differences in adult and developing brains; compensation, compensation, compensation. Endocrinology 45: 1063-1068.

De Vries GJ, Rissman EF, Simerly RB, Yang LY, Scordalakes EM, Auger CJ, Swain A, Lovell-Badge R, Burgoyne PS, Arnold AP. 2002. A model system for study of sex chromosome effects on sexually dimorphic neural and behavioral traits. Journal of Neuroscience 22: 9005-9014.

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