Principal Investigator


I’m a Biology Assistant Professor at The City College of New York (CCNY) and The City University of New York (CUNY). Currently, we’re investigating how these circuits in the zebra finch songbird intersect with other brain regions involved in processing social information. For this work we use molecular, neuroanatomical, and behavioral techniques. -Osceola Whitney, Ph.D.

CUNY Graduate Center Biology Ph.D. Student

I’m excited to be the first CUNY PhD student in the Whitney Lab! I’m investigating the neural activation and neuropeptide hormones facilitating the impact of social interactions on vocal communication. 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 Biotechnology Master’s Student

I’m a Biotechnology Master’s student here at CCNY, investigating the activity-dependent expression of a developmental patterning gene. 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 am learning to play the violin

– Eric Velizhinskiy

CCNY Biology Master’s Student

I’m a Biology Master’s student here at CCNY! I’m identifying neuropeptide signaling pathways to determine whether they may influence brain areas important for song control in the zebra finch. I hope to attend veterinary school to continue enhancing my expertise and passion for understanding animal behavior and diseases. I also love baking, hiking, and taking care of my fish tanks.

Melanie Carcamo

Undergraduate Students

Hello, I’m a CCNY senior majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Biology. I am excited to pursue research during my undergraduate degree. I am fascinated by the field of neuroscience and exploring the processes of learning and social development.

Violet Doolittle –