Eleni Nikitopoulos, DVM, Ph.D.
Eleni Nikitopoulos

Assistant Professor
Life Sciences Department

Manhattan Campus
Edward Guiliano Global Center, office 405B
1855 Broadway, New York, NY

Phone: 212.261.1789
Email: enikitop@nyit.edu

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Ph.D., Behavioral Biology, 2003, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
D.V.M., 1994, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, N. Grafton, MA
B.A,. Psychology, 1988, Magna cum laude, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Research and Professional Experience

As a Ph.D. student, I studied female mating strategies in captive long-tailed macaques housed in groups. My experiments with female pair-choice tests showed that females mated promiscuoulsy throughout estrus when free from male constraint. In my postdoctoral work at Columbia University, I investigated the effects of kinship on cooperation and collective action in wild blue monkeys. As part of this study I genotyped over 200 monkeys at 15 loci to determine kin relatedness. I am currently analyzing the behavioral data and writing up the results of this study.


  • Columbia University Science Fellowship 2010, 2009, 2005
  • Lucie Burgers Foundation Grant 2002, 2001, 1996
  • Dobberke Foundation for Comparative Physiology Research Grant 2001
  • Fulbright Grant 1995
  • Tufts Veterinary International Program Grant 1992
  • National Institutes of Health Student Training Grant 1991


  • Human Gross Anatomy Lecture BIOL 210
  • Human Physiology BIOL 310
  • Embryology and Laboratory BIOL 240, 240L
  • Ecology BIOL 230
  • Genetics and Laboratory BIOL 410, 410L
  • Foundations of Scientific Processes FCSC 101

Research Focus

My research focuses on the evolution of behavior in non-human primates. I am a behavioral ecologist; my work emphasizes functional explanations - I seek to understand how behavior, a phenotypic trait, might increase the reproductive success of individuals.


  • Nikitopoulos E., Heistermann M., de Vries H., Sterck E.H.M., van Hooff J.A.R.A.M. 2005. A pair choice test to identify female mating pattern in relation to ovulation in long-tailed macaques, Macaca fascicularis. Animal Behaviour 70: 1283-1296.
  • Nikitopoulos E., Arnhem E., Sterck E.H.M., van Hooff J.A.R.A.M. 2004. The influence of female copulation calls on male sexual behavior in captive Macaca fascicularis. International Journal of Primatology 25: 659-677.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • International Primatological Society
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