Department of Psychology and the College
Sarah London is interested in how the brain develops, especially how early experience can alter neural function and behavior. She uses the zebra finch songbird as her model system because males can learn their song during only one period in development (females cannot sing). By applying molecular and genomic tools in combination with behavioral manipulations, she uncovers neural processes that promote and limit the ability of young zebra finches to acquire song. This integrative strategy for understanding complex natural behaviors has the potential to discover mechanisms that may also be involved in human speech acquisition and other developmentally learned behaviors.
She is coauthor of several publications, which include “The Neurobiology of Zebra Finch Song: Insights from Gene Expression Studies,” in Emu-Austral Ornithology, and “The Zebra Finch Neuropeptidome: Prediction, Detection, and Expression,” in BMC Biology.
London earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in biology/psychology from Middlebury College. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2005 to 2011.
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