Justin Kenney

Justin Kenney

Assistant Professor


Biological Sciences Building 2117



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Justin Kenney


Biological Sciences

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Individual differences in behavior
  •  Zebrafish
  •  Neuroscience
  •  Light-sheet microscopy
  •  Network analysis


I am currently accepting PhD students.

I am interested in understanding the molecular and neural basis of individual differences in behavior. Using zebrafish, we integrate careful behavioral analysis, molecular manipulations, and whole-brain activity mapping to generate an integrated understanding of individuality.


  • 2014 - 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Neuroscience and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2010 - 2014 - Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  • 2005 - 2010 - PhD (Psychology/Neuroscience), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999 - 2003 - BS (Physics) & BA (Philosophy), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Selected publications

Kenney, J.W., Steadman, P.E., Young, O., Shi, M.T., Polanco, M., Dubaishi, S., Mueller, T. and Frankland, P.W., 2021. AZBA: A 3D Adult Zebrafish Brain Atlas for the Digital Age. bioRxiv.

Kenney, J. W., Scott, I. C., Josselyn, S. A., & Frankland, P. W. (2017). Contextual fear conditioning in zebrafish. Learning & Memory, 24(10), 516-523.

Vetere, G*., Kenney, J. W*., Tran, L. M., Xia, F., Steadman, P. E., Parkinson, J., Josselyn, S. A. & Frankland, P. W. (2017). Chemogenetic interrogation of a brain-wide fear memory network in mice. Neuron, 94(2), 363-374. *Co-authors

Currently teaching

  • Bio 4690 - Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (Fall 2021)
  • Bio 3200 - Human Physiology (Winter 2022)

Courses taught

 Bio 4690 - Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (Fall '19, '20)

Bio/Psych 5080 - Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior (Winter '20, '21)

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