Current Position: Assistant Professor, Emory University
Postdoc, Cornell University (2014-2018)
NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellow
PhD (2014), Indiana University,
BA (2007), University of California, San Diego
Sociality, vasopressin, oxytocin, social behavior network, development, epigenetics, endocrinology
My research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms that modulate social behavior, with a particular emphasis on variation in neural structure and function that produce individual, sex, and species differences in behavior. My dissertation work investigated the role of specific nonapeptide (i.e., oxytocin, OT, and vasopressin, VP) cell groups in social behavior, aggression, and anxiety in estrildid finches ranging in social structure. My postdoctoral research builds upon this body of work and asks similar questions in a social rodent species, the prairie vole. Additionally, I am investigating how the various VP-OT cell groups and receptor areas function as a network to modulate social behavior, and am also examining the development and plasticity of nonapeptide systems. I utilize an integrative approach and combine conceptual and analytical tools from animal behavior, neuroendocrinology, comparative neuroanatomy, evolutionary ecology, and epigenetics.
Papers (from the lab):
Kelly AM, Hiura LC, Ophir AG. (2018) Rapid nonapeptide synthesis during a critical period of development in the prairie vole: Plasticity of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Brain Structure and Function.
Kelly AM, Saunders AG, Ophir AG. (2018) Mechanistic substrates of a life history transition in male prairie voles: Developmental plasticity in affiliation and aggression corresponds to nonapeptide neuronal function. Hormones and Behavior. 99, 14-24. [1st authorship is shared between Kelly and Saunders]
Stevenson TJ, Alward BA, Ebling FJP, Fernald, RD, Kelly AM, Ophir AG. (2018) The value of comparative animal research: Krogh’s principle facilitates scientific discoveries. Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 5, 118-125.
Kelly AM, Hiura LC, Saunders AG, Ophir AG. (2017) Oxytocin neurons exhibit extensive functional plasticity due to offspring age in mothers and fathers. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 57, 603-618.
|Rebecca Horowitz||2017- 2018|
|Alex Saunders||2015-2017 (with Honors)|
|Marissa L Rice||2015-2017|