Ann Kennedy selected as the winner of the 2014-15 Kavli Institute Award for Distinguished Research in Neuroscience

Ann completed her thesis work in the Abbott Lab

Ann Kennedy

Ann Kennedy has been selected as the winner of the 2014-15 Kavli Award for Distinguished Research in Neuroscience at Columbia University. Ann was a doctoral student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program, and completed her work in the lab of Larry Abbott in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.

In Ann's thesis, entitled "Representation and learning in cerebellum-like structures," she established collaborations with experimental labs to model activity of sensory systems. Working with the lab of Nate Sawtell, she modeled the circuitry of the cells that process electrosensory signals in mormyrid electric fish. With the lab of Richard Axel, she modeled the activity of cells in the mushroom body of the fruit fly in response to odor.

Ann is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Anderson at Caltech, where she is modeling population dynamics in hypothalamic nuclei involved in control of innate survival behaviors.