Former Postdocs & Grad Students

Jennifer Merritt

Graduate Fellow

Dr. Jenny graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Integrative Biology. In our lab, she applied her solid background in behavioral genetics to understand how small changes in gene sequence can have large effects on behavioral phenotypes. Congrats Jenny on an awesome dissertation!

Harrison Watters

Graduate Fellow

Harrison is a graduate student in the Neuroscience program. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Spanish. Before coming to Emory, he worked on ​a project on hypothalamic neurogenesis and its role in regulating anxiety and stress in zebrafish. While rotating in our lab, he investigated the links between gene sequence and behavior in our white-throated sparrow model, focusing on polymorphisms in serotonin receptors.

Carlos-Rodriguez-Saltos

Graduate Fellow

Carlos received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He then joined the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program at Emory, where his work focused on song learning in zebra finches. While at Emory he received multiple honors, including an HHMI fellowship. He defended his PhD in 2019. Carlos is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas in Austin.

Carmen Shaw

Graduate Fellow

Carmen received her B.S. in Biological Sciences at GSU in 2018 and rotated in our lab during Fall of that year. She came to us with a broad range of research experience, from molecular parasitology to metacognition in primates, and even criminal justice. At Emory she is pursuing her deep interest in how social behavior is impacted by biology. 

Jessica Root

Graduate Fellow

Jess is a grad student in the Neuroscience program, and at Emory is pursuing her interest in neurogenetics. Before arriving at Emory, she worked at the National Institutes of Health Identifying novel genes linked to stuttering. During her rotation in our lab, she investigated how genetic variation in the gene for vasoactive intestinal peptide contributes to behavioral phenotypes.

Katie Grogan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Katie did her undergraduate work in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Behavior at Vanderbilt, and earned a PhD in Ecology from Duke. Her research interests lie in the molecular underpinnings of individual, population, and species-level variation in fitness. In our lab, she investigated the organizational effects of steroid-related gene expression on the development of alternative behavioral phenotypes. We wish her the best in her new postdoc at Penn State!

Wendy Zinzow-Kramer

Postdoctoral Fellow

Wendy did her undergraduate work in Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina, and completed her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an NSF postdoctoral fellowship to support her work on connecting genes and social behavior in a unique natural model.

Shaquille Edwards

Graduate Fellow

Shaquille came to us from Vassar College, where he majored in Neuroscience & Behavior. He is interested broadly in how behavior is influenced by hormones, and vice versa. In our lab focused on on how the brain integrates photoperiodic cues to time reproduction in seasonal breeders.

Brent Horton

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Horton received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Maine. He joined our lab in 2010 after two years at the Smithsonian Institution’s Migratory Bird Center. In 2013, he received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology for his work on the genetic and neuroendocrine basis of social behavior. In 2014, he began a faculty position at Millersville University

Lisa Matragrano

Graduate Fellow

Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Miami and was awarded her PhD in the Emory Neuroscience Program in 2012. She is currently working with the Emory University Office of Technology Transfer.

Guillem Malet

Graduate Fellow

Guillem obtained a masters degree in Biological and Medical Research from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and then joined the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program at Emory. While in our lab, he worked on the neuroendocrine and genetic basis of social behavior.

Amanda Pierce

Graduate Fellow

Amanda came to our lab via the Population Biology and Evolutionary Ecology (PBEE) program. During her rotation with us, she studied how behavior can be affected by chromosomal inversions.

Sara Sanford

Graduate Fellow

Sara graduated from Ripon College in 2006 and received a Masters Degree in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior from Emory in 2009. While in our lab, she investigated the hormonal and catecholaminergic modulation of auditory processing.

Yvonne Ogbonmwan

Graduate Fellow

An alumna of the Summer School of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Yvonne graduated with a degree in Biology from Georgia State University before entering the PhD program in Neuroscience at Emory. While rotating in our lab, she studied the molecular mechanisms of photoperiodism.

Katie Barrett

Graduate Fellow

Katie received a B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and did research on behavioral endocrinology in non-human primates at NIMH for one year before coming to graduate school at Emory. During a rotation in our lab in 2009, she studied the molecular mechanisms of photoperiodism.

Cary Leung

Graduate Fellow

Cary graduated from Cornell University in 1999 and defended her PhD in 2009. Her work in our lab involved the neuroendocrine basis of social behavior. She is currently a faculty member in the Biology Department at Widener University.

Katy Shepard

Graduate Fellow

Katy graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Psychology in 2008 and is interested primarily in the neuroendocrine mechanisms of aggression, affiliation, and attraction. When rotating in our lab in 2009, she focused on catecholaminergic modulation of auditory processing in female songbirds listening to male song.

Vasiliki Michopoulos

Graduate Fellow

Vas graduated from the University of Virginia before entering the Graduate Neuroscience program at Emory. While rotating in our lab, she studied the genetic basis of social behavior.

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