Aubrey M. Kelly, Ph.D. - Lab PI
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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Kelly J. Wallace, Ph.D. - NSF PRFB fellow
Dr. Kelly J. Wallace (kellyjwallace.github.io) is an NSF PRFB postdoctoral fellow in the Lab of Dr. Aubrey Kelly. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology & Behavior from Cornell University in 2015. While at Cornell she conducted research in the lab of Dr. Alex Ophir, investigating the neural mechanisms of spatial learning and social behavior in prairie voles. She then performed her doctoral research in the Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior PhD Program at the University of Texas at Austin under the primary supervision of Dr. Hans Hofmann and funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Her dissertation characterized variation in cognition between the sexes and across dominance hierarchies in two fish species: the western mosquitofish (G. affinis) and an African cichlid (A. burtoni). In 2021 she joined the lab of Dr. Aubrey Kelly to explore the developmental origins and social influences of cognitive style in the precocial African Spiny Mouse (A. dimidiatus) and the altricial Mongolian Gerbil (M. unguicalatus).
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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 - DoD NDSEG fellow
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. In the Kelly lab, Brandon is using chemogenetic technology to map neural circuits underlying grouping behavior and cooperation in spiny mice and gerbils.
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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 is exploring how various social and physical environmental factors influence social behavior and relevant underlying physiological and neural mechanisms. Furthermore, Jeanne is utilizing computational approaches to explore neural networks in the brain.
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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.
Emory NBB Major + French Major 2022
Emory NBB Major 2022
Emory NBB Major + Spanish Major 2023
University of Edinburgh
Oxford College of
Biological Sciences 2021
Emory Psych Major 2021
Emory NBB Major + Psych and Linguistics Major 2021
Emory NBB Major 2021