Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development and The College
IMB Member (since 2000)


Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development and The College. He is a member of the Committees on Evolutionary Biology and Neurobiology.

Maestripieri obtained a laurea in Biology in 1987 and a doctorate in Psychobiology in 1992 from the Università di Roma La Sapienza, in Italy. After spending one year as a Visiting Researcher at the Sub-department of Animal Behaviour of the University of Cambridge in the U.K., he moved to Emory University, where he worked at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center from 1992 to 1999.

About the Behavioral Biology Laboratory

The Behavioral Biology Laboratory, directed by Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D., is engaged in research on the biology of social behavior. Maestripieri conducts research with rhesus macaques at the Caribbean Primate Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico as well as research with human subjects at his UChicago lab. His studies of nonhuman primates have addressed topics such as aggression and dominance, affiliation and social bonding, communication and cognition, mating and reproduction, and parenting and development. Some of his work has elucidated the neuroendocrine regulation of primate behavior while other research has investigated its evolutionary significance. Human research has focused on three different areas: parent-child relationships, attachment, and socio-emotional development; neuroendocrine regulation of social processes and stress reactivity; evolutionary psychology and neuroeconomics.

Research Interests

Neuroendocrine, ecological and evolutionary aspects of social behavior in human and nonhuman primates.