the mchenry lab research team


Jenna McHenry, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Jenna received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a focus in Social Behavioral Neuroendocrinology from the Florida State University in 2013, and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2013-2018. Throughout her training, she has used behavioral and neural circuit approaches to understand how the brain integrates external social stimuli and internal state-dependent hormonal/physiological signals, in order to coordinate complex positive and negative affective states.

She joined the Systems and Integrative Neuroscience Program as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in September of 2018. She aims to establish a creative, diverse, and highly motivated environment that is supportive of trainees and advances our understanding of social processing that underlies adaptive and neuropsychiatric disease states, such as autism spectrum disorders and other mood disorders.

Hobbies: yogi, nature enthusiast, and adventures with her dog Jasmine.

Hometown: Dubois, Pennsylvania.

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Bernardo Aguzzoli Heberle

Ph.D. Graduate Student, Systems & Integrative Neuroscience Program

Bernardo received his B.S. in Neuroscience with a focus in Cognitive and Computer Science from the University of Kentucky. As an undergraduate, he researched rodent models of drug addiction and behavioral decision making in the Beckmann Lab. He also examined microRNA blood levels in women addicted to cocaine in the Grassi-Oliveira Lab at PUCRS in Brazil.

As a graduate student, his focus is to investigate the role of positive and negative social experience on neural development and innate behavior. He aims to elucidate the neurobiological and network encoding processes that underlie plastic changes resulting from social experience.

Hobbies: Basketball, traveling, bar trivia.

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Ben Devlin

Ph.D. Graduate Student, Systems & Integrative Neuroscience Program

Ben received his B.S. in Psychology & Neuroscience from Allegheny College. As an undergraduate, he utilized a valproic acid induced rodent model of autism to examine behavioral and cortical deficits in sensory processing. At the University of Pittsburgh, he assisted with 2p in vivo calcium imaging of sensory integration in cortical regions (AI, VI, PPC), in awake behaving mice in the Runyan Lab. At this same institution, he also worked with the Palladino lab to study gene therapy for mitochondrial encephalomyopathies in Drosophila.

As a graduate student, his focus is to study neural circuitry that bridges social and reward processing and track experience-induced changes relevant for disease states (autism and mood disorders). He is also interested in developing collaborative efforts between the Bilbo and McHenry Lab at Duke, aimed at imaging neural networks and glial cells in a rodent model of autism.

Hobbies: cooking, baking, ultimate frisbee.

Hometown: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.


Noah Miller

Research Assistant

Noah received his B.S. in Psychology & Biology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate in the Stuber Lab, Noah worked with Dr. McHenry on her postdoctoral studies to examine hormone sensitive circuits that govern social motivation. He has since joined the McHenry lab at Duke to help kick-start the lab and continue to learn in vivo optical techniques for the study of social behavior.

Noah plans to further develop his skills and techniques and then enter a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience.


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