People

Current Members

erich Erich D. Jarvis, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
My overall goal is to decipher the molecular mechanisms that construct, modify, and maintain neural circuits for behavioral complex traits, such as spoken language and vocal learning.
jarvis(at)neuro.duke.edu | Twitter- @erichjarvis | Linkedin | Curriculum Vitae
tony Tony Zimmermann, B.A., M.B.A.
Laboratory Manager
tonyzimm(at)duke.edu
Jason_webpage Jason Howard, M.S.
Research Specialist
Is working on next-generation sequencing of avian genomes to study singing driven gene expression and using comparative genomics to study the genetic basis of vocal learning.
howard(at)neuro.duke.edu | Linkedin | Webpage
Matt_Biegler Matt Biegler, BS 
Graduate Student
Interested in characterizing developmentally regulated gene expression responsible for vocal learning behavior.
biegler(at)neuro.duke.edu | Linkedin
2-16-jarvis-people14-cropped Lindsey Cantin, BS
Graduate Student Interested in the evolution and molecular mechanisms responsible for vocal learning behavior, particularly the epigenetic regulation of genes within the neural song circuit.
lindsey.cantin(at)duke.edu
2-16-jarvis-people05-cropped Gregory Gedman, BS
Graduate Student
Interested in identifying homologous cell type populations using RNA-seq across vocal learning species, with special focus on zebra finch and human vocal regions.
gregory.gedman(at)duke.edu
Linkedin
2-16-jarvis-people15-cropped  Ha Na Choe, BS
Graduate student
Identifying causal mechanisms of sexual dimorphism in vocal learning behavior and development.
Joshua Jones Macopson, BS
female_zf Tiffany Casey
Administrative Assistant
tiffany.casey(at)duke.edu

Current Undergraduate Students

Current Collaborating Investigators

Former Staff

  • Electra Jarvis
  • James Ward, Bioinformatics Specialist II
  • Holly Wantuch, M.S., Research Technician II
  • Miriam Rivas, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
  • Candace Hitchcock, M.S., Research Technician II
  • Erina Hara, M.S., Associate in Research
  • Lisa Moore, B.A. (Lab Manager, now Audiologist, Ph.D.)
  • Michael David McElroy, B.A. (Research Technician, now Research Associate with California Dept. of Public Health)
  • Dawn Kernagis (Associate in Research)
  • Deepa Sambandan, M.Sc. (Associate in Research, now Ph.D. student at NC State)
  • Maurice Anderson (Comparative Medicine Specialist II)
  • Alisa Ray Research Technician II

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Jonathan Chabout, Ph.D.
  • Chun-Chun Chen, Ph.D.
  • Ganesh Ganapathy, Ph.D. (now Data Scientist at Apple, Inc.)
  • Ricardo Rossello, Ph.D. (now Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico)
  • Ioan Opris, Ph.D. (now Sr Res Assoc Wake Forest Univ Phys/Pharm Dept Winston Salem, NC)
  • Liisa Tremere, Ph.D. (now Research Assistant Professor at Dept. Brain & Cognitive Sciences in Rochester University)
  • Raphael Pinaud, Ph.D. (now Assistant Professor at Dept. Brain & Cognitive Sciences in Rochester University)
  • Petra Roulhac, Ph.D. (now Lead Scientist/Project Director, Catalent Pharma Pharmaceutical Company, NC)
  • Osceola Whitney, Ph.D. (now Editor for American Journal Experts)
  • Victoria Anne Smith, Ph.D. (now Senior (Assistant) Professor at U. St Andrews)
  • Kazuhiro Wada, Ph.D. (now Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Life Science, Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Tom V. Smulders, Ph.D. (now Assistant Professor at U. Newcastle)
  • Lubica Niederova-Kubikova, Ph.D. (now Assistant Professor, Faculty of Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics, Slovakia)
  • Carl Dowds, Ph.D. (now Cooperate Bioinformatician)

Former Graduate Students

  • Jing Yu, Ph.D. (now Corporate Researcher)
  • Adriana Ragoni Jorge Ferreira, M.S. (now Science Administrator in Brazil)
  • Aya Sasaki, M.S. (now Associate in Research, McGill University, Canada)
  • Gesa Feenders, Ph.D. (now Research Associate faculty position, Oldenberg University, Germany)
  • Miriam Liedvogel, Ph.D. (now Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany)
  • Haruhito Horita, Ph.D. (now Medical student, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Japan)
  • Joshua Robinson, Ph.D. (now Research Engineer, Signal Innovations Group. NC.)
  • Gustavo Arriaga, Ph.D. (now Executive Director, Fab Lab El Paso, TX.)
  • Rui Wang, Ph.D. (now Founder/CEO of Prosperous Biopharm, Beijing, China)
  • Erina Hara, Ph.D. (now Research Specialist, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus)
  • Andreas Pfenning, Ph.D. (now Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Manolis Kellis)
  • Diana Friedeberg, M.S. (now Subdirector, Galeria Casa Diana, Mexico)
  • Gurkan Yardimci, B.S., Graduate Student
  • Margaret Couvillon (now post doc, University of Arizona)

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Ji-Eun Choi
  • Preet Patel
  • Sheel Patel
  • Nihir Patel
  • Cathy Zhou (Work Study Student)
  • Nicole Nelson (Work Study Student)
  • Jennifer Soehngen (Work Study Student)
  • Suzanne Baumwell, B.A., (Undergraduate Student & Technician, now MD, Resident, Beth Israel Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.)
  • Kam Sam Leon (Undergraduate Student, Columbia University, now Graduate Student, University of Washington)
  • Kendra Legendre (Undergraduate Student, Stetson University)
  • Melva Pinn (Undergraduate Student, now MD, Practicing Physician)
  • Emma Fridel, BS (now Fullbright Scholar, teaching in Taiwan)
  • Rui Dai, BS (now MSTP MD/PhD student, Duke University School of Medicine, NC)
  • Eric Zhou, BS (now MD student, Tulane University, LA)
  • Michael Silva, MD (now Intern, Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine, MI)
  • Ana Panduro-Buck, MD (now Physician, Laconia Clinic, Laconia, NH)
  • Connie Siang-Bakshi, M.S. (now Designer, Pacific Rim 9)

Former Collaborating Investigators