CCNY Principal Investigator

My lab uses molecular, neuroanatomical, and behavioral techniques to study how and why birds sing. Currently, we are focusing on the biological basis of social influences by uncovering the cell molecular activity crucial for the cultural transmission of vocal repertoires.

Osceola Whitney

CUNY Graduate Center Biology Ph.D. Student

I am excited to be the first CUNY PhD student in the Whitney Lab! I am investigating brain gene activities of vasotocin, oxytocin, and their receptors in zebra finch auditory and vocal-motor-control brain circuits. I hope to continue doing research as a postdoctoral trainee, and then an academic. I also enjoy reading classic fiction novels, exploring new coffee shops, and neglecting my houseplants.

Katherine Anderson –

CCNY Biology\Biotechnology Master’s Student

I am a Biotechnology Masters student here at CCNY! I am investigating the effects of dopamine physiology on behavioral plasticity. My plan is to pursue research to contribute to veterinary medicine through biotechnological means. I like to play video games or tennis in my free time, and would love to learn how to play the violin one day!

– Eric Velizhinskiy

CCNY Biology Honors & Independent Study Students

I am a CCNY senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry following the pre-medical track to become a physician with a research interest in pulmonology. I am a CCNY ORCA (Opportunities in Creative Research and Arts) Fellow and President of LMSA+ (Latino Medical Student Association) CCNY chapter. In the lab I investigate the predictive relationship between respiration and singing rate in zebra finches

Jalen Crespo –

I am a CCNY senior currently working on completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. My research interests include anything that is related to cell and molecular biology. I have aspirations of pursuing a doctoral degree after graduation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking, spending time with my three dogs, and collecting comic books.

– Lionel Colon

Research Volunteers

Hi. I am a CCNY senior majoring in Biology and minoring in chemistry and psychology. My research interest is focused on neuroscience, specifically glial cells and their role in neuronal plasticity. I hope to continue this interest in graduate school.

Raysa Rosario Martinez –

I am a sophomore attending CCNY and my major is Biology. I love science and learning how life works. I am excited to be on campus to participate in research and learn more about the biology research community at CCNY. 

-Deborah Cobourne