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Darcy B. Kelley, PhD
HHMI Professor / 2002–2010

Host Institution

Columbia University

Current Position

Darcy Kelley is Harold Weintraub Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior.

Current Research

Science and Undergraduates at the Research University

Darcy Kelley's research uses the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, to study the neurobiology of social communication, with the goal of determining how one brain communicates with another. Her HHMI project is a Web-based resource that will make educational materials generated in Frontiers of Science (Columbia's new interdisciplinary core course in science) freely available and will provide a platform for college science teachers to share their own teaching approaches and materials and to consult with their colleagues about educational issues.

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Biography

Dr. Kelley is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Her A.B. degree is from Barnard College and her Ph.D. is from The Rockefeller University, where she was also a postdoctoral fellow. She codirected the…

Dr. Kelley is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Her A.B. degree is from Barnard College and her Ph.D. is from The Rockefeller University, where she was also a postdoctoral fellow. She codirected the Neural Systems and Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and founded Columbia’s doctoral program in neurobiology and behavior. She is editor of the journal Developmental Neurobiology.

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Education

  • AB, behavioral neuroscience, Barnard College
  • PhD, neuroscience, The Rockefeller University

Awards

  • Sawyer Lecture, UCLA
  • Harold Weintraub Chair in Biological Sciences
  • Distinguished Lecture, Champalinaud Neuroscience Programme
  • Lenfest Award, Columbia University
  • Kravitz Lecture, Neurobiology, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Heyman Center Award for distinguished service to the Core Curriculum
  • Forbes Lectureship, the Grass Foundation and the MBL
  • Arbas Lectureship, University of Arizona
  • Society for Neuroscience, Special Lecturer
  • Society for Neuroethology, Plenary Lecturer
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Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Experimental Biology