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Birdbrain Lab


Current Lab Members


Principal Investigator

Donna Maney

Professor Maney received her PhD in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of Washington in 1997 and did her postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University. She has been at Emory since 2002. For most of her career she has studied the neuroendocrine basis of social behavior including the influences of genes, hormones, and the environment. More recently, her research has focused on rigor in the study of sex differences. Follow her on Twitter: @ProfessorManey


Graduate Fellow

Kenzie Prichard

Kenzie graduated from the University of Montana in 2017. In her honors thesis there, she looked at how stress hormones affect parental behavior in tree swallows. She has also worked with woodpeckers and wolverines. Her field experience includes projects in South Africa and Tanzania. In our lab she is interested in the evolution of behavior and its neuroendocrine control.


Undergraduate Researcher

Irfan Masud

Irfan is a 4th year student from Houston, Texas. He is double-majoring in Biology and Psychology, on the pre-veterinary track. His interests in the intersection of psychology and biology make him a great fit for our lab. He's currently working to help understand the links between genetic polymorphism and behavioral polymorphism, specifically with respect to parental behavior.


Undergraduate Researcher

Reeya Bazari

Reeya is a sophomore planning to major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. She is interested in the effects of environmental stimuli on behavior and cognition. Currently, she is helping to quantify the effects of a chromosomal inversion on parental behavior in white-throated sparrows. Ultimately, she plans to attend medical school.

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