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Robert Gerlai

Education

Ph.D. in Biology, Behaviour Genetics and Ethology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1989

Current position

Full Professor in Psychology and Biology, Department of Psychology and Department of Cell and System Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Publications (since 2010)

  1. Fernandes, Y., Rampersad, M., Jia, J. and Gerlai, R. (2015). The effect of the number and size of animated conspecific images on shoaling responses of zebrafish. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Stewart, A. M., Gerlai, R. and Kalueff, A. V. (2015). Developing highER-throughput zebrafish screens for in-vivo CNS drug discovery. Front Behav Neurosci 9: 14.
  3. Tran, S. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Thirty-second net stressor task in adult zebrafish. Bio-protocol 5(5): e1413.
  4. Luchiari, A. C., Salajan, D. C. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Acute and chronic alcohol administration: Effects on performance of zebrafish in a latent learning task. Behav Brain Res 282: 76-83.
  5. Fernandes, Y., Rampersad, M. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Embryonic alcohol exposure impairs the dopaminergic system and social behavioural responses in adult zebrafish. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. (Epub ahead of print)
  6. Tran, S., Nowicki, M., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Acute and chronic ethanol exposure differentially alters alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase activity in the zebrafish liver. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 56: 221-226.
  7. Fernandes, Y., Talpos, A. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Towards the characterization of short-term memory of zebrafish: effect of fixed versus random reward location. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 56: 189-195.
  8. Stewart, A. M., Ullmann, J. F., Norton, W. H., Parker, M. O., Brennan, C. H., Gerlai, R. and Kalueff, A. V. (2015). Molecular psychiatry of zebrafish. Mol Psychiatry 20(1): 2-17.
  9. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) discriminate between small quantities: A role of memory. J Comp Psychol 129(1): 78-83. 
  10. Tran, S., Nowicki, M., Muraleetharan, A. and Gerlai, R. (2015). Differential effects of dopamine D1 and D 2/3 receptor antagonism on motor responses. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 232(4): 795-806.
  11. Tran, S., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2015). An integrative analysis of ethanol tolerance and withdrawal in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 276: 161-170.
  12. Nowicki, M., Tran, S., Muraleetharan, A., Markovic, S. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Serotonin antagonists induce anxiolytic and anxiogenic-like behavior in zebrafish in a receptor-subtype dependent manner. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 126: 170-180.
  13. Gerlai, R. (2014). Zebrafish phenomics: behavioral screens and phenotyping of mutagenized fish. Current Opin Behav Sci 2: 21-27.
  14. Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Diving deeper into Zebrafish development of social behavior: analyzing high resolution data. J Neurosci Methods 234: 66-72.
  15. Jia, J., Fernandes, Y. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Short-term memory in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 270: 29-36.
  16. Tran, S., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Acute net stressor increases whole-body cortisol levels without altering whole-brain monoamines in zebrafish. Behav Neurosci 128(5): 621-624.
  17. Gerlai, R. (2014). Social behavior of zebrafish: from synthetic images to biological mechanisms of shoaling. J Neurosci Methods 234: 59-65.
  18. Gerlai, R. (2014). Fish in behavior research: unique tools with a great promise! J Neurosci Methods 234: 54-58.
  19. Stewart, A. M., Braubach, O., Spitsbergen, J., Gerlai, R. and Kalueff, A. V. (2014). Zebrafish models for translational neuroscience research: from tank to bedside. Trends Neurosci 37(5): 264-278.
  20. Fernandes, Y., Tran, S., Abraham, E. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Embryonic alcohol exposure impairs associative learning performance in adult zebrafish. Behav Brain Res 265: 181-187.
  21. Tran, S. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Recent advances with a novel model organism: alcohol tolerance and sensitization in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 55: 87-93.
  22. Qin, M., Wong, A., Seguin, D. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Induction of social behavior in zebrafish: live versus computer animated fish as stimuli. Zebrafish 11(3): 185-197.
  23. Chatterjee, D., Shams, S. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Chronic and acute alcohol administration induced neurochemical changes in the brain: comparison of distinct zebrafish populations. Amino Acids 46(4): 921-930.
  24. Kalueff, A. V., Stewart, A. M. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Zebrafish as an emerging model for studying complex brain disorders. Trends Pharmacol Sci 35(2): 63-75.
  25. Mahabir, S., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Strain dependent neurochemical changes induced by embryonic alcohol exposure in zebrafish. Neurotoxicol Teratol 41: 1-7.
  26. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2013). The role of body surface area in quantity discrimination in angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare). PLoS One 8(12): e83880.
  27. Pannia, E., Tran, S., Rampersad, M. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Acute ethanol exposure induces behavioural differences in two zebrafish (Danio rerio) strains: a time course analysis. Behav Brain Res 259: 174-185.
  28. Tran, S. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Individual differences in activity levels in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 257: 224-229.
  29. Cheung, E., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2014). Subcutaneous dye injection for marking and identification of individual adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) in behavioral studies. Behav Res Methods 46(3): 619-624.   
  30. Tran, S. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Time-course of behavioural changes induced by ethanol in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 252: 204-213.
  31. Mahabir, S., Chatterjee, D., Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Maturation of shoaling in two zebrafish strains: a behavioral and neurochemical analysis. Behav Brain Res 247: 1-8.
  32. Kalueff, A. V., Gebhardt, M., Stewart, A. M., Cachat, J. M., Brimmer, M., Chawla, J. S., Craddock, C., Kyzar, E. J., Roth, A., Landsman, S., Gaikwad, S., Robinson, K., Baatrup, E., Tierney, K., Shamchuk, A., Norton, W., Miller, N., Nicolson, T., Braubach, O., Gilman, C. P., Pittman, J., Rosemberg, D. B., Gerlai, R., Echevarria, D., Lamb, E., Neuhauss, S. C., Weng, W., Bally-Cuif, L., Schneider, H. and Zebrafish Neuroscience Research, C. (2013). Towards a comprehensive catalog of zebrafish behavior 1.0 and beyond. Zebrafish 10(1): 70-86.
  33. Saif, M., Chatterjee, D., Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Sight of conspecific images induces changes in neurochemistry in zebrafish. Behav Brain Res 243: 294-299.
  34. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Quantification abilities in angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare): the influence of continuous variables. Anim Cogn 16(3): 373-383.
  35. Gerlai, R. (2013). Antipredatory behavior of zebrafish: adaptive function and a tool for translational research. Evol Psychol 11(3): 591-605.
  36. Miller, N., Greene, K., Dydinski, A. and Gerlai, R. (2013). Effects of nicotine and alcohol on zebrafish (Danio rerio) shoaling. Behav Brain Res 240: 192-196.
  37. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Activity counts: the effect of swimming activity on quantity discrimination in fish. Front Psychol 3: 484.
  38. Miller, N. and Gerlai, R. (2012). From schooling to shoaling: patterns of collective motion in zebrafish (Danio rerio). PLoS One 7(11): e48865.
  39. Ahmed, T. S., Fernandes, Y. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Effects of animated images of sympatric predators and abstract shapes on fear responses in zebrafish. Behaviour 149: 1125-1153. (1).
  40. Karnik, I. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Can zebrafish learn spatial tasks? An empirical analysis of place and single CS-US associative learning. Behav Brain Res 233(2): 415-421.
  41. Scerbina, T., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Dopamine receptor antagonism disrupts social preference in zebrafish: a strain comparison study. Amino Acids 43(5): 2059-2072.
  42. Pan, Y., Chatterjee, D. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Strain dependent gene expression and neurochemical levels in the brain of zebrafish: focus on a few alcohol related targets. Physiol Behav 107(5): 773-780.
  43. Gerlai, R. (2012). Using zebrafish to unravel the genetics of complex brain disorders. Curr Top Behav Neurosci 12: 3-24.
  44. Luca, R. M. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Animated bird silhouette above the tank: acute alcohol diminishes fear responses in zebrafish. Behav Brain Res 229(1): 194-201.
  45. Luca, R. M. and Gerlai, R. (2012). In search of optimal fear inducing stimuli: differential behavioral responses to computer animated images in zebrafish. Behav Brain Res 226(1): 66-76.
  46. Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2012). Maturation of shoaling behavior is accompanied by changes in the dopaminergic and serotoninergic systems in zebrafish. Dev Psychobiol 54(1): 28-35.
  47. Gerlai, R. (2011). Associative learning in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Methods Cell Biol 101: 249-270.
  48. Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Early embryonic ethanol exposure impairs shoaling and the dopaminergic and serotoninergic systems in adult zebrafish. Neurotoxicol Teratol 33(6): 698-707.
  49. Sison, M. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Associative learning performance is impaired in zebrafish (Danio rerio) by the NMDA-R antagonist MK-801. Neurobiol Learn Mem 96(2): 230-237.
  50. Miller, N. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Redefining membership in animal groups. Behav Res Methods 43(4): 964-970
  51. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Spontaneous discrimination of small quantities: shoaling preferences in angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare). Anim Cogn 14(4): 565-574.
  52. Sison, M. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Behavioral performance altering effects of MK-801 in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 220(2): 331-337.
  53. Gerlai, R. (2011). A small fish with a big future: zebrafish in behavioral neuroscience. Rev Neurosci 22(1): 3-4.
  54. Miller, N. Y. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Shoaling in zebrafish: what we don't know. Rev Neurosci 22(1): 17-25.
  55. Buske, C. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Shoaling develops with age in Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 35(6): 1409-1415.
  56. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Can angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) count? Discrimination between different shoal sizes follows Weber's law. Anim Cogn 14(1): 1-9.
  57. Ahmed, O., Seguin, D. and Gerlai, R. (2011). An automated predator avoidance task in zebrafish. Behav Brain Res 216(1): 166-171.
  58. Pan, Y., Kaiguo, M., Razak, Z., Westwood, J. T. and Gerlai, R. (2011). Chronic alcohol exposure induced gene expression changes in the zebrafish brain. Behav Brain Res 216(1): 66-76.
  59. Gerlai, R. (2010). High-throughput behavioral screens: the first step towards finding genes involved in vertebrate brain function using zebrafish. Molecules 15(4): 2609-2622.
  60. Gomez-Laplaza, L. M. and Gerlai, R. (2010). Latent learning in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behav Brain Res 208(2): 509-515.
  61. Grella, S., Kapur, N. and Gerlai, R. (2010). A Y-maze choice task fails to detect alcohol avoidance or alcohol preference in zebrafish. Intl J Comp Psych 23: 26-42. (3).
  62. Gerlai, R. (2010). Zebrafish antipredatory responses: a future for translational research? Behav Brain Res 207(2): 223-231.
  63. Sison, M. and Gerlai, R. (2010). Associative learning in zebrafish (Danio rerio) in the plus maze. Behav Brain Res 207(1): 99-104.
Protocols by Robert Gerlai
  1. Thirty-Second Net Stressor Task in Adult Zebrafish