Aubrey Kelly is an NIH NRSA postdoctoral research fellow at Cornell University. She received her PhD in biology and neuroscience from Indiana University in 2014 under the supervision of Jim Goodson. Her research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms that modulate social behavior, with a particular emphasis on variations in neural structure and function that produce individual, sex, and species differences in behavior. Her 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. Her postdoctoral research builds upon this body of work and asks similar questions in a social rodent species, the prairie vole. Additionally, she is investigating how the various VP-OT cell groups and receptor areas function as a network to modulate social behavior in numerous taxa, and is also examining the development and plasticity of nonapeptide systems. She utilizes an integrative approach and combines conceptual and analytical tools from animal behavior, neuroendocrinology, comparative neuroanatomy, evolutionary ecology, and epigenetics.

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014 - present)

Past: Goodson Lab - Indiana University
PhD in Biology and Neuroscience (2008-2014)


   - Aubrey received the International Women's Day Award for community engagement from the Cornell Women's Resource Center - 2016

     - Aubrey joined the faculty for the Integrative Molecular Biology module for the Neural Systems and Behavior course at Marine Biological
       Labs at Woods Hole Research Center - Summer 2015 

     - Aubrey is the recipient of the WC Young Recent Graduate Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology - 2015