WC Young Recent Graduate Award

2016 Award Winner: James Burkett

As an undergraduate at Emory University, James worked with Dr. Larry Young to explore the role of the opioid system in pair bond formation in prairie voles and continued in the Young lab as a PhD student in Neuroscience.  He developed a novel prairie vole model to examine empathy behavior, and described neural loci and endocrine mediators underlying consoling behavior in this species.  James recently received his PhD and has begun pursuing his postdoctoral research in Dr. Larry Miller’s lab at Emory University.