People Nicole M. Baran, Ph.D.

Nicole M. Baran, Ph.D.

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, 3103
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Nicole’s research broadly encompasses the evolution and neurobiological mechanisms of social behaviors. In 2015, Nicole earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Psychology, where she specialized in Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience. Her graduate research in the lab of Elizabeth Adkins-Regan focused on the developmental role of vasopressin-family peptides in the development of species-typical affiliative behaviors and song learning in the zebra finch. In addition, she studied other reproductive strategies in birds, including pair bonding, extra-pair mating, conspecific brood parasitism, and sex ratio adjustment. Her current research in the Streelman lab explores the neurobiological and genomic basis of species differences in aggression and courtship behavior in Lake Malawi cichlid fish.