Aubrey M. Kelly, Ph.D. - Lab PI
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Dr. Aubrey M. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 2007. As an undergraduate, her research focused on examining courtship behavior in birds. During a gap year upon graduating, she worked as a research assistant at UCSD examining grouping behavior in birds and social communication in honeybees (oh look, the birds and the bees!). She then attended Indiana University for graduate school in the lab of James L. Goodson, completing her Ph.D. in Biology and Neuroscience, with a minor in Animal Behavior, in 2014. Her graduate research examined the evolution of the neural mechanisms underlying social behavior in closely related finch species that vary in sociality, ranging from highly territorial to highly social phenotypes. Upon receipt of an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, she joined the lab of Alexander G. Ophir in the Psychology Department at Cornell University. As a postdoc, using the socially monogamous prairie vole, her research examined the development of social behavior and the social brain. Dr. Kelly joined the faculty at Emory University in the Department of Psychology in August 2018.

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Juliana da Costa Araújo

Juliana is a Ph.D. student co-advised by Dr. Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute of Ornithology) and Dr. Aubrey Kelly. Juliana earned her bachelor's degree in Biological Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. She completed a master's degree at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience – University of Lethbridge. Her thesis characterized nonapeptide receptor neuroanatomy of Richardson’s ground squirrels, and identified sex and behavioral differences that relate to nonapeptide receptor distributions. Juliana's Ph.D. research examines migratory and collective behavior in South American flycatchers using neuroendocrinological approaches. Her primary goal is to understand the involvement of hormones in migration. 


Brandon Fricker

Brandon is a PhD student advised by Dr. Aubrey Kelly. Before joining the Kelly lab, Brandon obtained a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and a B.S. in Psychology from Lehigh University while working in Dr. Julie Haas’ lab. His undergraduate research focused on identifying how an electrical synapse’s activity induces long-term plastic changes to the same synapse. Brandon’s interests that he will explore in the Kelly lab revolve around understanding the neural underpinnings of prosocial behavior.

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Jeanne Powell

Jeanne is a PhD student advised by Dr. Aubrey Kelly. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Cornell University in 2017. As an undergraduate, she researched how paternal absence impacted prairie vole pup development. She then spent two years as a Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where she studied the neuroanatomy of the noradrenergic system in mice using viral-genetic and digital strategies. In the Kelly Lab, Jeanne will utilize computational approaches to quantify social behaviors and explore the neural mechanisms that drive them.

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Jose Antonio Gonzalez Abreu

Jose obtained a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.S. in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. As an undergraduate, he worked under Dr. Justin Rhodes studying the effects of endocrine disruptors on the sexual differentiation of anemonefish. In the Kelly lab, he seeks to gain a better understanding of the neural mechanisms guiding social behavior in a variety of mammalian species. 

Undergraduate Researchers

Madison Garvin

Kennesaw State

Biochemistry Major 2021

Zack Hoffer

Emory Psych Major 2021

Rebecca Kalik

Emory NBB Major + Psych and Linguistics  Major 2021

Manushri Kanoria

Emory Economics

Major 2023

Nicholas Lee

Emory NBB Major 2022

Ashley Rosenberg

Emory NBB Major 2021

Honors Student

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