Ann Kennedy

Postdoc in theoretical neuroscience at Caltech


Hello! I am a theoretical neuroscientist studying the structure of social behavior and the neural mechanisms of behavior control.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the David Anderson research group at Caltech. I work with experimentalist lab members to characterize the dynamics of hypothalamic circuits that governs social and fear behaviors. I am also developing systems for generative modeling and automated classification of social behaviors in interacting mice.

Before this, I did my graduate studies with Larry Abbott at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University, studying neural representations and learning in two cerebellum-like structures: the electrosensory lobe of the electric fish, and the Drosophila mushroom body.

I am interested in how the representation of sensory and internal variables by neural populations shapes the brain's capacity for learning, decision-making, and control of goal-directed behavior.