Dr. Aubrey Kelly chosen for Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship

Emory professor Aubrey Kelly has earned the university’s first Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience, a highly competitive honor for young investigators in neuroscience research from The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. She is one of only 13 early career scientists in the nation to receive the award this year.

Kelly, an Emory College assistant professor of psychology, utilizes interdisciplinary approaches in her research to understand the neural mechanisms underlying variation in animal behavior across multiple social species, including estrildid finches, voles and spiny mice. This new research has the potential to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that promote social interactions, from parent-child bonding to cooperative behavior.

“The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship gives my lab the opportunity to work with the African spiny mouse, which is new to the field of social neuroscience,” says Kelly. “Spiny mice exhibit a higher degree of sociality than traditional laboratory mammals, and thus have the unique potential to inform us about the mechanisms that promote aspects of mammalian sociality, such as cooperation and gregariousness.”

Dr. Kelly is a faculty member in the NS program.

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